PROTECTED LEFT / THE SHORTLIFE: Split: CS

First band hails from Oakland, the second from Kalamazoo. Each band does one original and then covers a song by the other band. The cover art is an unholy merging of a sheep, a wolf, and a vicar in a tutu. (That last one is a lie since no Smiths influence is present.) There is some ultra-slick shredding from both bands, so I guess the Protected Left wasn’t kidding when they listed Steve Vai as an influence in their bio. If you dig whammy bars, give this a whirl on your double cassette player. –Sean Koepenick (Self-released, [email protected])