BASEMENT BENDERS: Shrapnel Songs: LP

I haven’t ever spent time listening to this band and I think I’m going to change that now. There’s quite a bit of Bent Out Of Shape, Needles//Pins, and Tiltwheel—that scrappy, messy, melodic punk. Songs that you can sound like the most pissed-off person in the world, yet still harmonize. It’s a kind of pretty screaming that early emo got right and modern punk is constantly imperfecting. Never goes too hard or too soft, just dips its toes in both sides of the pool to find a homogeneity while also making waves. Definitely digging this a lot and looking forward to more. –Kayla Greet (Dead Broke)