GREAT APES: California Heart: LP

When you can challenge your possible source material (Jawbreaker, Dead To Me) for time on the turntable, you know you’re on to something good. You may have even produced a 2016 Top 10 album; post-nodules Schwarzenbachian vocals paired with Dead To Me leads and 24 Hour Revenge Therapy hooks. It can suck to get compared to other bands, but when your record is this good, you shouldn’t worry. Looking to get that tingle that starts in your toes and travels to your throat? Warm up with California Heart. –Matt Seward (Asian Man, asianmanrecords.com)