SKEPTICS: Self-titled: LP

Sep 20, 2017

The one, two punch of Manga-esque album art and the presence of a Ramones cover ending the track listing had me initially guessing I would be dropping the needle on another overly typical pop punk release, a la the Apers. Very pleasantly surprised to be hypnotized by a lengthy opening salvo of navel-gazing fuzz guitar freakout, followed by hook-filled Cro-Magnon garage stomp. The sound of the smell of old leather, dirty shoes, and hangover sweat. But it’s a wine hangover. Cause Skeptics are from France. Spits fans take note. –Matt Seward (Beast,