HALE BOPP ASTRONAUTS / SODA CITY RIOT: Split: 7”

These two fantastic mainline punk bands from South Carolina have such primeval passion, you can almost disassociate them from the “big” bands they’re influenced by. Each group has a way above-average singer, and they’re both melodic without being overly cutesy. Face To Face fans will love this split, containing four of the catchiest sing-song tracks I’ve heard in a good while. Housed in a beautiful silkscreened cover and pressed on colored vinyl, everything about this record is a class act. I eagerly await full-lengths from each of these totally kickass bands. –Art Ettinger (River Monster)