CROOKED BANGS: II: LP

Heavy, shadowy, possessed-sounding post-punk; you just gotta look at the cover to know exactly what you’re getting into. It’s deep red and black and seemingly stolen from some kind of forgotten ritual—the cover photo, that is, but if you can imagine the aural equivalent to that description, that’s what this record sounds like. I know it seems like “dark post-punk” could describe half the DIY bands starting in hip urban centers these days, but this has something more to it, something almost industrial in its forcefulness. There’s some sort of seething, brooding, melodic power in this. Also, a lot of the lyrics are in French. This is the coolest fucking thing I’ve heard in a while. –Indiana Laub (Nervous Intent, nervousintent.com)