SELF DEFENSE FAMILY: Colicky: 12” EP

Still sticking with the lurching, atmospheric post-punk they’re known for, this four-song EP doesn’t necessarily tread any shocking new ground for the band, but shit if they aren’t good at what they do. Sure, the lyrics are frequently corny (“I’m here for a good time / Conversation and dinner / I’m gone once it’s over / I disappoint most people.”), but the music. Dang. The music is just dense and sparse all at once, simultaneously ethereal and gritty. Somewhere between the worlds-deep drone of Lungfish and the sonic and emotional acrobatics of an (admittedly lesser) Fugazi. Fire hasn’t been discovered here, but it’s being healthily maintained. Nice work. I’m convinced. –Keith Rosson (Iron Pier)