VALINA: Epode: CDEP

New mini-record following two full lengths and a handful of singles for this Austrian trio. The first two songs feature jagged edges that roll along and for some reason remind me of bands like Jawbox or Kerosene 454 at their finest. “81 Men without History” juggles the pacing with some slow textures supplied by a cool cello line. Then it’s back to dissonance—with some far out sax, man, on “Escort of Soda.” Does this mean your Mountain Dew should be chaperoned? Shit if I know, but this EP is dark and brooding. If you like Volcano Suns or Killdozer, this may be up your alley.

 –koepenick (54 40 or Fight!)