James Burns’ previous band, Police Teeth, frequently teetered between noise and melody and did so with great skill, but with his latest venture, it’s the latter characteristic that firmly takes centre stage. These eight tracks are built around a rock’n’roll-tinged punk sound that frequently reminds me of the Norwegian quartet, Bonk, albeit with an added lo-fi grit. The riffs are infectious and the tunes plentiful as the Seattle-based trio do nothing more than attempt to rock the listeners’ socks off. Seminars has the same effect on me as did Burns’ last outfit—I’m completely hooked.
–Rich Cocksedge (Self-released, [email protected], seminars.bandcamp.com)