RIVERSEDGE: The Runaround: CS

I know, I know, we shouldn’t necessarily judge bands on previous outings, but check this “members of” list: ADD/C, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, and Future Virgins. Jesus! With such a crazy pedigree, I’m floored to discover that this is actually the band’s third album. Anyway, here’s thirteen songs of claustrophobic, tightly wound punk tunes, with a seeming emphasis on the spooky, if tunes like “Hill City Nocturne” and “Satan Triumphant” are any indication. A scrappy recording with a ton of neat little tricks hidden inside: the radio static/fadeout on “The Runaround” and the blown-out drums on “Dresden” are just a couple. The Runaround doesn’t immediately blow my socks off, but the inherent creepiness throughout definitely garners a few more listens to suss out the particulars, and the familiarity and unflinching catchiness on songs like “New Oblivion” will keep me coming back. –Keith Rosson (Dead Broke / Let’s Pretend)