DRAKULAS: Raw Wave: LP

A concept album comprised of “songs told from the different points of view of various characters in a fictional metropolis in our not too distant past,” courtesy of members of the Riverboat Gamblers and Rise Against, and produced by a couple o’ Marked Men. Musically and sonically, this falls somewhere in the vicinity of the latter band and prime-era Dickies, with the more frenetic tunes coming off like stuff that T.V. Eye may have errantly left off one of their jam-packed forays into A.D.D.-length LPs for being too long. This is saturated with hooks flying in all directions and handily hitting their marks, delivered with a tautness that’s becoming as synonymous with Texas as “weird” bands have been. Turn this shit up and let it rule your life. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dirtnap)