RED AND BLUE / TRAFFIC & WEATHER: Split: LP

Red And Blue: Pretty decent poppy punk. It has a mid–late ‘80s Bay Area sound (RAB is from New York, though), but it also kinda reminds me of Shotwell in a way. The vocals are hella clean and annunciated. Still, RAB is pretty catchy—totally makes me wanna sing along. Traffic & Weather: This is some pretty raw, stripped-down melodic stuff from one of The Gibbons and the dude who does Salinas Records (and two others not mentioned in the “one-sheet,” Jeff and Alex), who seems to be their main vocalist, who has a rather desperate yell, steps aside for one track to let a gruffer member take the mic. All together, T&W’s sound strikes a melancholy chord, and the rawness of it makes it seem fresh in a progressively bland genre of melodic punk.

 –Vincent (Los Diaper / Mandible)