THESE OATS: Self-titled: 7”

Nov 18, 2011

From this trio out of Brooklyn comes hardcore with a splash of screamo. The female vocals are flat, dejected, and indecipherable, which I’m finding is a trend in New York punk bands. Unfortunately, the guitar melodies are equally uninterested and seem to just be accompanying her voice, as compared to Manual Zombie, also out of NYC, but who is able to engage the listener with original beats and melodies. The final song, “Stay,” is a trilingual disaster. This sounds like a non-Spanish speaker on Propofol reading Spanish. Regrettably, I’m going to have to suggest you skip this unless you like uninspired, pity party music.

 –Kristen K (Self-released [email protected])