CHINO: Best of Firsts: CD

Philly trio that looks to be coming out of hibernation with this retrospective. Not only is a bio scarce online, the lyrics are hidden so you’ll need to make up your own mind. The sound is raw and direct with a ’90s vibe. “Attention Blues” and “Open All Night” are some of my favorites, but there’s a lot to dig your teeth into on this one. They opened for Guided By Voices many moons ago, so in my book that means they deserve to be given a fair shake. As far as I can tell this band never actually wore chinos on stage, so now you know. –Sean Koepenick (Sister Raygun, sisterraygunrecords.com)