KLAZO: Embarrassed of Living: LP

When I saw that they do a cover of the KBD classic “Job” by Nubs, I anticipated something a bit unlike what this oddball Canadian two-piece has to offer. Not just a tribute act to vital punk of the past, they’re writing hooky tracks that are far from derivative. The echo effect on the vocals takes a bit to get used to, but ends up adding to the already distorted charm. I’d be curious to see how it translates at a show, as the production has a highly barebones, intentionally simple quality to it. Very cool, very energetic, and it’s certainly nothing to be embarrassed about to love Embarrassed of Living. –Art Ettinger (It’s Trash!, itstrashrecords.bandcamp.com)