MALE PATTERNS: Headaches: 12” EP

As Mike Thrashead used to say, “Yeeouch!” Fans of Long Knife, Econochrist, and SFA sit up and take note. This record rules! Kicking off with “Depression” and upping the intensity with every song after. It’s mid to somewhat fast hardcore punk with a catchy beat (not a bad thing). “Hype” scorches, and the title track doubles down. “Bought and Sold” slows the roll, but intensifies the punch. I say this is one of the best records of the year. Go ahead and quote me on it, I won’t deny it later. –Matt Average (Peterwalkee, peterwalkeerecords.com)