HIGHER STATE, THE: 27: LP

This latest release from The Higher State is another solid load of Back from the Grave-inspired, pre-punk fuzz. Their fourth album shows the band has it down without losing the chaos. The keyboards are ethereal and the distorted guitars are driving. A lot of these types of bands seek out the vintage equipment that helps create the sound, but there’s some magic in this record that can’t be created by scanning Craigslist obsessively. The vintage sound creates a din, burning off the hot sidewalk into a haze of Hollies-inspired vocal harmonies. It sounds old but moves like a teenager. It’s a winner for fans of Teenage Shutdown, Texas psych, or desert sunsets. –Billups Allen (13 O’Clock)