ILLITERATES: Makeout Mountain: LP

This awesome amalgamation of Lost Sounds garage punk with early new wave styles surprised the hell out of me. Splitting time between Atlanta and Los Angeles, Illiterates seem to be quite literate when it comes to Devo and Jay Reatard. They also know a thing or two about how to record and mix an album, with Makeout Mountain easing into full-on complexity from the opening track on down. I don’t know who would make out to them, but they’d definitely be a hit at the right dance party. –Art Ettinger (Baby Robot, babyrobotmedia.com)