SKEMATA: A Bright Shining Hell: 12”

It’s hard to write d-beat that isn’t, at the very least, derivative. Skemata, from North Carolina, do a good job at skewing the modern d-beat formula and are part of a small group of bands (Narcoleptics are in there, too) that are working within the confines of the genre but still creating music that is distinct and unique. The recording is lush, everything is bottom-heavy and slightly blown out, but it’s crystal clear. Very cool, very refreshing release. –Ian Wise (Sorry State)