VON ERICH SUICIDE MISSION, THE: Self-titled: LP

This very agreeable Brooklyn band’s debut album, finally available by vinyl, is refreshingly simple. A side project of one of the dudes form Ghetto Ways, there’s clearly some highbrow plan at play here. That plan seems to entail playing catchy, straightforward pop with a tiny nod to Avail, plus some sing-a-long bits, while simultaneously sounding nothing like Ghetto Ways. At its best, it plays like a rougher version of The Arrivals. It’s a good one for sure.

 –Art Ettinger (Hundemann, hundemannrecords.de)