PUBLIC EYE / THE ESTRANGED: Split: 7”

Holy post-punk! Two Portland bands, The Estranged and Public Eye, share one song each on this split 7”. The Estranged, boasting members of Remains Of The Day, Hellshock, and Warcry, is on the groovier end of the spectrum. Their contribution, “Sleepless,” channels the pulsating moodiness of Sisters Of Mercy. (Side note: The Estranged’s second full-length, The Subliminal Man, is a must-listen.) Flip the record over and Public Eye’s “Redacted Memories” is minimal, bass-driven, and slightly robotic. It lacks the catchiness of “Sleepless,” but it’s nonetheless hypnotic. The only ding against this 7” is its brevity—it does leave you wanting more, however. –Sean Arenas (Black Water, bl