COLD LEATHER: Smart Moves: LP

Gotta admit I really wasn’t expecting much from this based on the band name and the cover art, which looks sorta like something Pink Floyd would’ve approved after one too many doobies with The Eagles. Plop it on, wince, music starts, mind blown. There are equal bits punk, post-punk, and rock mixed into something that’s all swagger, caustic guitar slash, and venom awash in reverb. At times I’m reminded of Tyrades with a better riff repository and conciseness, but mostly it makes me wanna move. Verdict: this is aces. Enthusiastic high-fives for all involved. –Jimmy Alvarado (Adagio830)