LUX VANITAS: The Secret Life of…: LP

“Lost” recording of this Twin Cities garage/punk/very ’90s-sounding band. Members went to form heavier bands but this release doesn’t really touch on that and instead focuses on their place in the Minneapolis-area scene during their tenure and the influence they had on the head of 25 Diamonds Records. The sound draws from a lot of influences, like the garage bands listed in the liner notes (Cramps, Mummies) but has some emo influence and a very ’90s Midwestern feel of angular bands like Cap’n Jazz. Not to say they sound like Cap’n Jazz per se, but both bands were obviously pulling from the Minutemen/Big Boys/funked out school of punk. –Ian Wise (25 Diamonds)