SONGS FOR SNAKES: Airspeed Is Everything: 7”

“Oh fuck yeah”—direct quote from me once the first song kicked in. This hits the same spot for me as Criteria or Jawbox. It’s rocking but really thoughtful, with some great vocal touches and guitar flourishes that are about creating an atmosphere instead of showing off. It somehow doesn’t let up while also holding back enough to show that they know how to build tension. Both songs are pretty great, but I’m partial to “Let Them Eat Hate” not only because of the righteous turn of phrase that doubles as tight social commentary but also because of how it works the low and high ends. Great oh-oh’s too, which get me every time. –Theresa W. (Timid Crusher)