PISS TEST: EP3: 7”

Piss Test are from Portland and fall somewhere between Killed By Death punk and every other band from Portland. There are some cool moments in here. I like the swapping male/female vocals and the mastering on this record is so loud and full that it’s easy to get distracted by the positive qualities, but the songs are pretty impossible to follow and the guitar leads—which are of the gloomy, simple PDX school—feel weak compared to their contemporaries. I feel like I might be more into this record if it included a lyric sheet so I could at least follow along with the lyrics—which are near impossible to discern under all that reverb—but, in the end, this thing is just kind of a dud. –Ian Wise (Jonny Cat)