THIRTY-TWO FRAMES: Self-titled: CD

Jay Palumbo’s past in Elliott (particularly the elegiac False Cathedrals) wouldn’t have led me to believe that he’d be involved with a straight-forward hardcore record, but here it is, sounding equal parts young Ian MacKaye, Reach The Sky, Unitas and Endpoint (among other musical reference points). This is a punk record in the sense that it wonders how people get so anesthetized, so dull and bland. It’s not explicitly political in the sense that it shouts “Fuck Bush” at every turn, but rather in the sense that it challenges received ideas (religion in “Saints Stolen,” consumer culture in “Affluenza”) and offers suggestions about what questions to ask to begin finding the answers. This disc also includes a rather rockin’ reinterpretation of Tom Petty’s “I Need to Know.”

 –scott (Revelation)