JACK’S SMIRKING REVENGE: The Lonesome Corroded West/G-G-G-Ghosts!: CS

A demo tape containing two “EPs” from this Denver, Colo. band with what sounds like clear influence from three bands: The Weakerthans, Sundowner, and Against Me! In that context, this isn’t a bad start, despite some off-key vocals. If considered a demo instead of two EPs, it feels like a foundation for a solid future band. This sound is not my cup of tea at all though, so maybe the rawness would appeal to some folks out there in gloomy, emo music-land. –Chad Williams (Casket Collective, facebook.com/casketcollective)