CASTOFF: First Step to Recovery: CD

Potent mix of Epitaph/Theologian-style punk rock by these San Diego, Calif. chaps. I’d venture to say if you thought highly of last year’s Lines and Passages, you will be happy to find stuff along those lines here. There is a dual-guitar attack that rears its head at times, which seems at once slightly jarring yet welcome. At times, I was reminded of Dead Lazlo’s Place and Pennywise, which might not come as too big of a surprise seeing that this was recorded by Fletcher Dragge at his Screaming Leopard Studios. These guys aren’t reinventing the wheel or anything, but you can tell they are having fun, are busy putting music out, and are playing shows, so I ain’t gonna front. Cheers, fellas! –Garrett Barnwell (Morning Wood, morningwoodrecords.com)