MISS NEW BUDDHA: The Situation Is Excellent: Digital

May 27, 2020

I’ve been waiting for this record to come out for years, ever since I saw this band open for The Casket Lottery reunion show in San Diego. The album is exactly what I hoped it would be—an irreverent collection straddling the “post” of “post-hardcore.” Songs like “Enter Skramz Band” are what At The Drive-In probably would have sounded like if they hadn’t veered into a more commercial direction (no judgment, that shit was tight too). That clean edge dissipates at times to bring out some more chaotic and urgent Ten Grand-like shapes. Overall, this is one of the best new records I’ve heard in years. If this band breaks up instead of making new music, I will riot. –Theresa W. (Self-released)