DAN WEBB AND THE SPIDERS / MODERN SAINTS: Split: 7”

Dan Webb And The Spiders: I love these guys. They write these kind of sturdy, unhurried garage songs that are full of deceptively simple melodies and a kind of busted-up, careworn quality that rarely gets old. Two great new songs from them. Modern Saints: a three-piece from Germany whose pair of songs remind me a lot of Hi Ho Silver, Away!—earnest, bittersweet, nuanced pop punk. They wouldn’t be out of place on the It’s Alive! roster at all. Also, a thumbs up to Shawn Higgins and David Finke, who did some beautiful work (art and layout, respectively) on this record. Green vinyl, DL code, semi-transparent lyric sheet, screen-printed chipboard packaging. Awesome, awesome record all around. –Keith Rosson (Gunner)