TOUGH SHITS, THE: Self-titled: LP

This is a solid rock record pushing poppier riffs into tougher territory. The vocals and faster material remind me a bit of The Exploding Hearts. The liner notes list everyone as a vocalist. It shows in the range of harmonies they pull off regularly. It’s a good party record to stick in among your more rambunctious stuff. A standout is keyboardist Nick Carlisi who has a good vocabulary of rock-inspired riffs. I’m okay with lazy keyboards, but Carlisi can actually play. The cover is an awesome cartoon by Human Being Lawnmower’s Avi Spivak.

 –Billups Allen (Burger)