NEGATIVE GEARS: Self-titled: 12”

Following a release in the band’s native Australia on Disinfect Records, this 12” is now being unleashed on the Northern Hemisphere via the U.K.’s Static Shock Records. If post-punk is your thing then this should be right up your street. The album maintains a vibrancy from start to finish and the spikey, bright sound keeps everything sounding perky. There are two standout tracks—the first being the breathless “2020 Vision” and the second being “AYOD” which could easily fit into the soundtrack of the television series Stranger Things with its 1980s vibe. A very good album and a band to keep an ear open for. –Rich Cocksedge (Static Shock, staticshockrecords.limitedrun.com)