UZI RASH GROUP BAND, THE: High and Free: LP

I’m really liking this stuff. I don’t know how to quite explain it. It’s not like anyone has come up with some catch-all label to put bands like this under. Which is a nice thing. Keeps being co-opted much harder. If you like bands like Swell Maps, Sic Alps, and Dan Melchior, then you need to listen to the Uzi Rash Group Band. Lo-fi art post punk garage damage and some other things. The songs shuffle and meander, sometimes they linger. Instruments make clanging sounds, the guitars are tinny sounding, the drums are crunchy without being loud, and the vocals sound like they’re coming from another room. “Bag of Dirt” is instantly memorable. “End Times,” which closes the record, is a slight bit different than the rest of the tracks, from the vocals to the overall tone. A little darker and slightly more bent than the rest. The others tend to reveal themselves with each subsequent listen.

 –M.Avrg (Freedom School, myspace.com/freedomschoolrecords)