It’s not Tenement’s fault that I’ve been listening to a ton of Hüsker Dü lately, and I don’t want this to come off as a lazy, “Oh, they’re from the Midwest, are a trio, play catchy, multi-moded punk rock, really do rock, but with some flair and artistry, so which one am I gonna pick: ‘Mats or Dü?” type of thing. In much the same way that songs off of Zen Arcade work, the listener can totally zone out from and be totally involved in a song at the same time. There’s an incessant, implied buzz and a careful harvest of notes all the way through, from a full-on assault, to the quieter times, to when the instruments go for interesting walks. Side A’s the more direct blast pop track. Side B’s the exploration without the wank. This shit’s wide open. Go Neenah, WI.
–todd (608 Kisses)