Gainesville’s SunshineState serve up anything but warmth on their side with their two entries. “Lunchblood” echoes with the same passion and craftsmanship as that one really fucking good One Man Army record with the phone booth on the cover while “Long in the Tooth” slightly flexes a Jawbreaker muscle while driving the point home with relatable depressing lyrical subjects. Dead Bars from all the way across the country, namely Washington, plug in and bash out some anthemic “you don’t need a lyric sheet” singalong punk with raspy vocals and a RVIVR-esque rhythm section. A formidable pairing of contrasting gruff punk styles worthy of your attention.
–Juan Espinosa (No Idea)