BOW & SPEAR: Bad at Fun: 12”

These dudes may be bad at fun, but they’re damn good at writing music. The latest release from Chicago’s Bow & Spear is at once caustic and beautiful, eviscerating your eardrums while lifting your spirits. Combining grunge and shoegaze, Bow & Spear strikes a perfect balance by marrying angelic melodies with profane shredding. My one qualm is that Bad at Fun is only seven songs long. Maybe next time they’ll go for a full-length? That would make me one happy fan. –Simone Carter (What’s For Breakfast?, [email protected], wfbrecords.com)