SHOT BAKER: Crack the Code: CDEP

They are back! Good to hear new songs from this Chicago band. They have gone down the same path as Night Birds, bringing their ex-guitarist back while keeping their current one in the fold. It serves up a beefier sound on this record. “Give Up” lyric content is isn’t exactly cheery, but that is the world we live in now. “Ode to Kerouac” finds singer Tony Kovacs tortured by his love/hate relationship with the author. A cool cover follows and I won’t spoil it now for you. The last two songs are more sketches than fully fleshed out ideas. But it is all played with precision and heart, so the effect works for me. –Sean Koepenick (Underground Communiqué, undercomm.org)