SHARK TOYS: Labyrinths: CD

Potent mix of early ‘80s South Bay oddball punk and artsy punk from points east. It’s all kinds of dissonant, but they’ve got a manic energy to ‘em and, like Mission Of Burma (who they cover here), they know to keep at least a toe or two in the realm of “pop” to maintain a sense of cohesive catchiness to the whole. Love out-of-the-box bands and these cats are aces in that department. –Jimmy Alvarado (In The Red)