MANIAC: Midnight Kino: 7”

Maniac are back with another two-song blaster, and on my favorite record label no less! They may be based in Los Angeles, but there is no denying that Maniac is a Pacific Northwest band at their heart. In the post-grunge world, the Pacific Northwest (or Pacific Southwest to me, since I am just above the border) has made a name for itself for amazing, snotty punk rock that gets you moving. From The Briefs and Exploding Hearts, to The Girls and Clorox Girls (both of whom have members now in Maniac), there is a steady stream of killer bands cutting a swath or radness through the rainforest… And yeah, Maniac is a part of that even though they live way the hell down the I-5. Anyways, they are continuing on with the sound that made their debut LP Demimonde one of the best albums of 2015. It is frustrating to no end that years go by between releases on Modern Action, but they can be somewhat forgiven when they jump back in with a Maniac single. Do what you have to in order to get a copy of this. Sell an organ. It will be worth it. –Ty Stranglehold (Modern Action)