Jan 31, 2018

Imagine if you were to mix the terse sense of urgency of Dig Out the Switch-era Dazzling Killmen combined mixed with a little Young Widows and just a touch of classic Unsane. Now, sprinkle that with a layer of definitive ‘90s punk hooks, like in the same way that a band like Unwound had hooks, and you might have something in the ballpark of Exhalants. There are other things going on here, too—there’s a part of the song “Unshut” that reminds me of a very specific (early) Rye Coalition song. There are some quiet spoken vocal parts alternating with loud and screamy, heavy bombastic parts on another song (aka the winning songwriting formula of the mid-‘90s). There’s a lot here to like, and I like it a lot. Basically, if you’re a fan of ‘90s-influenced punk with noise rock leanings, then you’re going to want to get Exhalants on your radar pretty quickly. This five-song demo doesn’t disappoint, and I eagerly await whatever they have coming up next. –Mark Twistworthy (exhalants.bandcamp.com)