SOFT SHOULDER: No Draw: LP

Another band aiming for the noisier end of the block. They keep things pretty eclectic while still maintaining a healthy dose of dissonance—”No Occupancy” is almost danceable with its swinging rhythm—as well as keeping things structurally sound instead of letting them dissolve into a wall of pure noise. Even the closer (also known as “side two of the album,” if you wanna get technical about things), the instrumental, barely-shy-of-twenty-minutes “Repeat #3,” revolves around a structure built on a primal bass/drum backbone with other parts added on. All told, these kids would’ve fit nicely on a bill between Tragic Mulatto and Distorted Pony, which is indeed a compliment. 

 –Jimmy Alvarado (Gilgongo, gilgongorecords.com)