TENEMENT: False Teeth: 7” EP

It always warms the ol’ black heart when a band approaches the pop punk equation without even a passing glance at NOFX, the Queers, or the Ramones. The easy reference point would be Hüsker Dü, but while their chord selection shows some Hüsker influence, they don’t have a third of the wild guitar noodling. There’s also an almost bar rock undertow that especially bubbles up on the B-side tune, “L City Bus #30” that is more in line with the boozy genius of the Replacements. The songs are well crafted and smart, and bore into the noggin in ways that happen too infrequently these days.

 –jimmy (Rock Bottom, no address)