RED MASS: Self-titled: 7″

Gotta respect Hozac, ‘cause no matter your ultimate decision whether or not you dig a record, you can pretty much rest assured it’s gonna make for some interesting listening, and this is no exception. The colorful cover hints at either bizarre hardcore and/or noise rock, but the music itself is a bit more sophisticated mélange of arty, occasionally dark punk, rock and, in the case of “Freak Show,” maybe even a hint of ‘50s rock. Can’t say it’s the best thing I’ve heard all year, but an interesting listen it definitely is.

 –jimmy (Hozac, hozacrecords.com)