VITRIOL: The Crown: Cassette

The Crown is kind of a hot mess. Even though it’s out of tune and super rough around the edges, this Jawbreaker-weirdo pop punk band still stays charming in the most sloppy but heartfelt and honest way, which struck me as odd on the first listen, but started to settle in upon a second try. I really dig how they let the songs fall apart at the end. Melodies are simplistic and catchy, and the off-tune vocals are jagged, raw, and real. Songs range from the stylings of ‘90s alt indie Modest Mouse, to ‘80s punk Descendents, to modern day post punk Nervosas, dabbling in whatever seems to feel right at the time.   –Camylle Reynolds (Get Better)