DOWN BY LAW / END OF PIPE: Equators: Split: CD

Three songs each from both bands. Down By Law’s songs have a Stiff Little Fingers feel. “Agents of Sin” even sounds like The Jam in bits and pieces, minus Sam Williams III’s rippin’ leads (sorry, Weller!). I am pretty sure this is the recorded debut of Noel Bisesti on drums and he hits with studied abandon. Dave Smalley’s lyrics always paint a vivid picture, while Kevin Coss’s basslines holds it all together. End Of Pipe is from Brazil and sounds like they dig Hot Water Music. It is not a jarring clash from the first three songs, so this feels like a good match. Well played, gentlemen. –Sean Koepenick (Undermusic, [email protected] / Spider Merch, [email protected])