PATHOGENS, THE: We’re Catchy: LP

Well, they certainly stick true to the name of the record with this full length— these fourteen new songs are very, very catchy. This Oakland five piece is helmed by dual vocalists Cinder Block and Jesse Luscious, who are both a large part of making these songs earworms. The other big part of their appeal for me is the guitar riffs. They flow from piercing leads to sharp solos and strong melodies. Many parts of this LP sound like they could be lifted from X’s catalog. They even have a song called “Johnny Hit and Run Jenny.” Following that is a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” that is less soulful and sped up a bit. It’s different enough that it took me a while to place. “High and Dry” starts off with a Dee Dee-level “1, 2, 3, 4” and then charges along with what I thought was going to be a cover of “Chinese Rocks” but then settles into their own song. My favorite track is “Freaks on the Street,” mostly because it’s got a great tempo and really shows of Cinder’s range. I’m pleased to see another solid release from these guys and can only hope for more. –Kayla Greet (Zafio)