WHATEVER BRAINS: Self-titled: LP

I’ve never been more convinced that a band was made specifically for my own enjoyment. Whatever Brains fuses all the weird things I love into a cohesive barrage of noise. If you’ve been following their progression of 7”s, you might have an idea of what to expect, but holy fuck this album is weird. I hear equal parts Spits, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Les Savy Fav, with a bit of Jay Reatard in the poppier bits. This an album that I can never see myself being able to convince anyone else to listen to, but if this doesn’t exit as my favorite album of the year, I’ll be amazed. Hell, the synths were enough to throw me off on the first listen, but once I got past that (and the use of a drum machine), the album was like a delicious treat. If you can stomach lo-fi noise, rock-inspired pop punk, you have an obligation to check this out.

 –Bryan Static (Sorry State)