PLEASURE GALLOWS: Positivity: 7”

I actually gasped when I saw this record. The cover art is by Benjamin Marra, one of my favorite current comic book weirdos. Marra’s work is batshit crazy; very greasy and adolescent while also having a cold sheen. His art is never quite right, but always on point. So is true with this cover, which is a visual depiction of the band’s name: monstrously armored dominatrixes going a little bit further than delivering pleasure to their intestine-spewing clients. Hell, the band as pictured in the record even looks like a Marra creation, and their sound has a similar essence —punk that is totally messy despite clearly knowing the score. This is a keeper. –MP Johnson (Pelican Pow Wow, pelicanpowwow.com)