ART THIEVES: Russian Rats: LP

Things start off in a sorta Rancid-punk fashion, which was neither terrible nor remarkable, then got more interesting around the midpoint with two good tunes that hint at a bit of a power pop influence lurking about, then vacillating between the two. Not bad work overall, and I can totally see ’em garnering attention, but my personal preferences lean toward when they stretch their wings a bit and get “weird.” –Jimmy Alvarado (State Line,