CHOKE CHAINS: Self-titled: LP

Garage punk that’s melodic in the guitar lines, but blown-out fuzz in the vocals. Hell, the vocals get to noise rock proportion levels of distortion. They remind me of the Germs more than any other band. There’s a certain apathetic casualness to their approach to music that’s reminiscent of the early punk scene. Unlike the early punk scene, there’s a build and release to the tension of their songs—a care to the album as a whole rather than just releases of thought; an album that revels in the intensity of ages past without dwelling in the short game. Worth it, if you like your fuzz-to-melody ratio at about a 75/25 split. –Bryan Static (Black Gladiator / Slovenly, slovenly.com)