CITY BUS HAND JOBS: Fast Dark Dirty Blues: CS

Winner of the “good band, bad band name” award for this issue, City Bus Hand Jobs play classic, straightforward, raw punk rock. And with a confident, controlled, but agitated swagger and a tone reminiscent of late Gits frontwoman Mia Zapata, lead vocalist Kaity elevates these songs and demands your attention. “Steady off My Feet” and “PCP” are highlights, though the entire album is worth your time. If you find yourself, like me, sometimes feeling as if the element that all of your favorite old bands possessed—distinct, strong vocals—is missing from most modern bands, then do yourself a favor and check this band out. I can’t wait to hear what these Canadians do next. Message to the band: it’s not too late to change your name! –Chad Williams (Self-released, citybushandjobs.bandcamp.com)