FOSTER CARE: Sterilization: LP

Sterilization moves unhinged, like a classic punk album. The guitars have an echo-laden punch without much distortion, reminiscent of the best of East Bay Ray. It’s raw. It’s short. It’s fast. It’s confusing at times—like a train that might derail. It’s got a skull on the front. The band is from New York, but there’s an early Southern California anxiousness to it. I can’t think of a way to sum it up without being patronizing. If you’re into The Germs, you’ll like it. If you’re into punk, you’ll like it. –Billups Allen (Total Punk, floridasdying.com)