CHEAP DATES, THE: A Thousand Year Flood: CS

Seven tracks of tense, angular punk rock from these Chicago, IL locals. The vocals are pretty anguished and there are a lot of interesting guitar phrasings throughout the cassette that thankfully keeps things interesting. The whole thing sounds like it was dropped headfirst into an echo chamber, which wore on me a bit, but the songs are all there and I guess that has me looking forward to something else from the band hopefully mixed a bit drier. –Garrett Barnwell (Don’t Panic, dontpanicitsadistro.bandcamp.com)