BEN EDGE & THE ELECTRIC PENCILS: Yellow House: LP

Cheeky art school punk from the singer of Thee Spivs. While that band had a rough-and-tumble, late ‘70s punk approach like the TV Personalities, Ben’s new band are a bit more cerebral. Sounding like a crisp and clean Headcoats, Ben wears his love of the Medway on his sleeve along with the distinct Britishness of the Kinks. No lyric sheet but songs like “Lowrey at the Door” and “Sunday Painter” nod towards Ben’s day job as an accomplished artist. Think Billy Childish lite or a more polished English Ty Segall. –Tim Brooks (Almost Ready, almostreadyrecords.com)