BUNDLES / DAN WEBB AND THE SPIDERS: Split: LP

DWATS should be huge, man. They’re prolific, catchy, smart. Their side of the split is a solid rock framework that reminds me a bit of the stuff Nato Coles is doing—a handful of buoyant, confident garage songs on display here. But the real jaw-dropper of this split is Bundles, who come out of left field and just level the room. They play fierce and spirited punk with incredible lyrics, heart-rent vocals, and revved-up choruses that just floored me. The over-the-top emotions of Off With Their Heads, the serrated edges of Shinobu’s “Trepanning,” and New Junk City’s hybrid of punk/Americana are merged together and then spread out over four incredible songs. Winner of this review batch for the illustrious “Band I’m Freaking Out Over” award. This one’s heartily recommended, and another high five to Shawn Higgins for some great album art. –Keith Rosson (Gunner USA)