DIAMOND GUTS: Short Rips: CS

Ten songs of hooky, surprisingly punchy slacker punk. The singer’s got a melancholy Lou Barlow sound, but the low-fi music’s more concise than Sebadoh. It’s got a balance of punk and catchy ‘60s rock similar to what you find in pre-fame Nirvana songs like, “About a Girl.” I apologize for not having more contemporary reference points, but it speaks well for this band if they can get a salty old guy excited by playing the stuff he was sick of twenty years ago. –Chris Terry (secretawesome.us)