RETARDED RATS, THE: I Hate Chocolate: Flexi 7” EP

This is a two-song flexi disc of surf songs from the tradition of “psycho.” “The Head and the Axe” is more cacophonic, with loads of dropped-guitar echoing, while the second song, “Survival,” is a little more structured, over-reverbed surf fare. Psycho-surf is a tough genre ‘cause you’re gonna have a split with your traditionalists, and the Lux and Ivy crowd certainly must be saturated with this stuff by now. But the band has been around for a while, so it speaks to their dedication. And it’s well done. –Billups Allen (Killjoy)