BRUISED: “Arrow of Disease” b/w “Psychic Stain”: 7”

Can’t tell if that’s a synth or a weird guitar lead on “Arrow of Disease,” but it gives this thud-punk pounder a gothy, early Spits feel. I think the lyrics are about the heroin epidemic, while “Psychic Stain” seems to be about feeling lost in technology and has a more proto-hardcore sound. I especially like Side A but both tracks are nihilistic winners and I’ll be keeping an eye on this Chicago band. –Chris Terry (randyrecords.bandcamp.com)