RED PENS: Self-titled: 7”

From the first note struck, I was pulled in to this record to the very end. A mix of shoegazer with garage maybe? A layer of distortion hovers above both songs and there’s a strong melody running through the music that is undeniable. “I Run This” is a near-perfect pop song of the second decade of this f’d up millennium. There’s a lot of mood in the sound, from the guitar tone, and then how the vocals come in, and the rest of the instruments fall in and slowly build in tempo. There’s a great riff that comes in around mid-song that adds to the forlorn feeling. It gets a little Sonic Youth-ish towards the end. Not a bad thing in my book, as I hold SY at the tippy top of the A-list. Love this song! Can’t stop playing it. The song on the A-side, “Next Summer,” is of a different mood. It’s more upbeat, forceful and rocking. The rhythm is near herky jerky, and has a punk edge with the raw solo and razor sharp guitar sound.

 –M.Avrg (No address listed)