SONGS FOR SNAKES: Crystal Vapour Figure: LP

Me last issue: “This Songs For Snakes 7” is good! I wanna hear more.”

Razorcake HQ: “Say no more, fam.” This ten-song LP continues with the Bay Area band’s silty, Bob Mould-inspired punk. The guitars come in lush layers, the drums crash, and the vocals bray above it all. Sometimes the songs slow down and expand for longer, moodier jams that bring Jawbreaker’s “Bivouac” to mind. I like the fast ones better, but this record’s a hit that transcends its influences. –Chris Terry (songsforsnakes.bandcamp.com)