CHAI: PUNK: CS

I had run into this band on a past occasion, and despite the title, calling this a punk record would be a bit of a stretch. There’s certainly a vibe of early ’80s new wave/punk where the lines became blurred, reminiscent of that slice of time where the scenes and technology were transitioning simultaneously. In the end, what you get is a mix of messy pop, guitar rock, and eccentric melodies. It’s bizarre and catchy. Far outside this magazine’s normal zone of reference, but I can’t fault it. It’s a solid record. Good for summertime beach jams, as Burger releases often are. –Gwen Static (Burger, burgerrecords.com)