PSYCHED TO DIE: Sterile Walls: 7”EP

Tootsie Pop hardcore with a chewy pop sensibility underneath the thick shell. Think along the lineage of Minor Threat to Kid Dynamite to Western Addiction. Featuring Mike Erg on drums, it, thankfully, doesn’t sound like a band dalliance into hardcore (“Next week, funk!”), but a genuine article. Desperate, tightly wound, anxious-sounding stuff that veers away from simple monkey beats or a blur to cover up any shortcomings. Thumbs up.

 –todd (Grave Mistake / Firestarter)