CHINCHEES, THE: Self-titled: LP

Was admittedly a bit off put by the cover—a pic of what I’m guessing is the band running from a giant, smiling, purple circle—but ultimately glad I took the chance on it. A reissue of their self-released debut, it offers smart lo-fi pop in the vein of [insert the name of your fave poppy punk band with a large percentage of its members hailing from Denton, Texas], with blown-out sound quality and insidious hooks aplenty. Best of all, it gets better with subsequent spins. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dirt Cult)