SMOOTH BRAIN: One of Them: 7”

Smooth Brain play aggressive garage punk that is more like adrenaline-pumping street racing, not beach balls, pastel sunglasses, and jean jackets. Each song is a tasty morsel of shouted melodies—albeit indecipherable lyrics—with the type of fuzzy production values that enhance the attitude instead of solely disguising the flubs. I find myself satisfied, nothing less, nothing more. Big bonus: Nathan Ward’s cover and insert art is killer. It reminds me of Gary Panter in the best possible way.

 –Sean Arenas (Dead Broke, [email protected] / Lost Cat, lostcatrecords.org / Root Of Evil, rootofevilcollective.com)