REPTILE RANCH: Self-titled: LP

Reptile Ranch were a Welsh post-punk band active in the late-‘70s/early-‘80s U.K. DIY scene. Like Wire and The Fall, theirs was a singular sound with guitars that often weaved together in odd, intricate ways, sometimes accompanied by percussion, and off-the-beaten-path song structures. Collected here is the band’s oeuvre: tracks from their two singles, Animal Noises and Don’t Give the Lifeguard a Second Chance, a couple of comp tracks, and assorted live and studio rarities. True to their era, the music is a bit challenging in spots, especially in this era where so much of the “alternative” has been commodified into camps that too often reward homogeneity, but there is much in both interesting listening and influence that can be gleaned here for those looking for sounds outside the box a bit. –Jimmy Alvarado (C/Site, csiterecordings.com)