SLURS: Self-titled: Cassette

Melodic hardcore out of Winnipeg delivers dry throat, scratchy vocals on four tracks that precede their demo released earlier this year. Dense, melodic chords like Naked Raygun and G.B.H. bolster “Care Less,” while “Stay In” and “Pick Up” slow it down to a garage tempo, the latter relying on a chirping chord to carry it home. “N.I.L.” closes it out with a screechy, no wave guitar hook brining in elements of Deerhunter. While this is a good precursor to their five-track demo, the sound quality is muddy and the fact that only one track has managed to stick it out leaves me to suggest the demo over this. Still worth an ear if you can track it down. Recommended. 

 –Kristen K. (Self-released)