FRONTIER CLUB: Speaking in Cursive: 7”

Excellent post-punk from Long Beach featuring members from Gestapo Khazi, Neighborhood Brats, Street Trash, Geisha Girls, and Slaughter & The Dogs. They remind me of Cat Party and what was coming out of the U.K. in the early 1980s. The beat is primitive, skirting tribal, and effectively pulls you in to the dark and cavernous sound constructed by the band working together create something you should bring into your life. The guitar is cold, but not distant. It has a great tone that blasts out of the dark, lighting the path for you to follow through to the end. The vocals tread Robert Smith territory without falling in to the crying side. They are intelligible and forceful without pretense. The title track is the more cool and composed of the three, while the other two, “Cases” and “The Visitor,” turn up the tempo and aggression, underscoring the punk in their post-punk style. –Matt Average (Garage Rock)