YOKOHAMA HOOKS: Turn On: 7” EP

Art school minimalism in the rhythm section (think early Wire) but with more aggression in the guitars (think Tyrades) and topped off with vibrato in the vocals (think Sleater Kinney). That’s where things get dicey because there’s little room for error whenever vibrato seeps into the singing. It’s like tuning in an AM station on a small radio, the whole AM band compressed into a display window only a couple of inches wide. When it’s dialed in, the vocals and guitars synch up, like on “Bloodstains.” But a millimeter in either direction, and I tune out because the noise masks the melodies.

 –Mike Faloon (Tic Tac Totally)