STICKERS: Swollen: LP

Swollen is the debut from the band Stickers, from Seattle, who waste no time in presenting an early ‘80s U.K. post-punk vibe on this LP. Vocally, I’m taken back in an Au Pairs meets a howling Jeffrey Lee Pierce kind of way while musically I’m hearing more of a Wire/Gang Of Four influence, heavy on the low end with a plodding whirlwind of bass and guitars with an occasional skronk from a saxophone. On first listen I didn’t really “get it,” but with repeated listens it keeps getting better and better.   –Mark Twistworthy (End Of Time, endoftimerecords.com)