BRIEFS, THE: Platinum Rats: LP

By my recollection, this is their first album of new material in more than a decade. They sound like they never went on hiatus, picking up right where they left off, with a solid selection of early L.A.-via-Pacific Northwest anthems, all bangers fueled by devastating hooks and a sly bite to the lyrics. Always had a soft spot for ‘em, and it’s nice to see they’re back in action. –Jimmy Alvarado (Burger)