POTENTIAL JOHNS: Can I Really Not Go with You: 7”

The title track is a brooding piece of minor-chord pop that grinds its hooks into your noggin. The flip, “Past Due,” is also on the slower side, but, again, they just slather on the hooks before launching into the same moody, interconnected guitar playing they used to such great effect on “Only Time” on a prior EP. Given this band’s pedigree, it’s damned hard not to throw in Marked Men comparisons, but while there are definite overlaps in some areas, they do manage to eke out their own unique patch of terra and are quickly finding a soft spot of their own in my blackened little ticker.

 –jimmy (Dirtnap)