SLOUCH: Meadowfoam: CS

At first I thought this was a late release from defunct Olympia, Wash. queer punk band Slouch, but this is not the same band. After popping this puppy in, I was like, “Woah, I haven’t heard an honest to god grunge band in a minute,” but before I could dig my flannel out of the back of my closet some abrupt metal riffage knocked me to my senses. I don’t really know what to make of this tape. It’s got light Pearl Jammy jams, pop- and metal-infused leads and break downs, and a whole lot of hours screaming along to Kurt Cobain in a speeding car coming through. I bet if this band broke up, there would be a really sick sludge band and a very good ‘90s rock cover band to come out of it. –Candace Hansen (Saint Rat)