RSO: Awl: 7”

The third release off Ryan Owens’ revolving door of an ensemble is a no wave, bluesy punk version of sittin’ on the porch with a triple x jug of hooch. Like Tom Waits’s later material of howling, vocal-centric tracks lightly seasoned with a rattling guitar thrash, these four new songs take a second or two to mature. Regrettably, Owens’ screechy Bobcat Goldthwait vocals seem contrived and at best; this is his version of PJ Harvey’s lo-fi, raw, minimalist Rid of Me, that fell short of the mark.

 –Kristen K (Self-released, r-s-o.bandcamp.com)