PILAU: Self-titled: 7”

This new DC hardcore band plays fast, contemporary, political hardcore. A full-fledged EP with eight tracks, the black-and-white leaf-themed artwork carries over to the green leaf-colored vinyl. With heartfelt impudence, the lead vocalist delivers Pilau’s message-themed lyrics with the aplomb of a superstar, which he already is in my book. A truly dazzling debut, this record won’t be forgotten any time soon. –Art Ettinger (Capsule, capsulerecords.bigcartel.com)