LA VASE: Self-titled: LP

Potent potpourri of Modern Action-style retro punk and some darker, artsier influences creeping in at the edges—is that some PiL lurking in that back during “Tapis”? Having a bit of trouble pinning down where they’re from—lyrics are in French but they seem to play Leipzig a lot—but that don’t much matter. What does is they tear into the tunes here with gleeful abandon and that this album is fuggin’ great. –Jimmy Alvarado (Phantom, phantom.tk)