BUMMERS EVE: Self-titled: CD

Very potent mix of echoey, surf-styled guitars and distorto vocals from this Cincinnati, Ohio based trio. Production is almost the fourth member here as the band uses the aforementioned effects to great use without (thankfully) overdoing it. There is a anthemic quality to most of the songs that cannot be ignored, most apparent on the delicious “I Want Your Drugs,” which reminds of me Joy Division’s “Walked in Line” crossed with Devo’s “Gates of Steel” as hammered out by a U2 Boy-era Edge playing guitar. Here’s to hoping they make it out West on their upcoming tour. –Garrett Barnwell (Almost Ready, almostreadyrecords.com)