CHESTNUT ROAD: LP II: LP

Staring at the Rubik’s Cube painting on the front cover, I was just hoping for a post-punk record that would have some distinguishing characteristics. On the record sleeve, Tim PopKid had scrawled “Bivouac Jawbreaker and Minx Leatherface” with a question mark. What my earholes were more happy to welcome in was what I imagine three kids from the Mission District from ‘86-’88 with too much time on their hands and not enough cigarettes or oz. of malt liquor would bang out in their practice space, but with a fresh enough 2016-spin to not get bogged down in nostalgia. Mix the grit and shadow of a warehouse district with the sincerity of handwritten correspondence, throw in a dash of the Allied Records catalog and the bizarro future of have tiny smartphones constantly at our fingertips, and you’re left with a new album almost instantly familiar. And covering Cringer well is an almost instant coup. –Matt Seward (Pop Kid, popkid.com)