SORE POINTS: Not Alright: 7” EP

On the heels of a stunner LP comes this stunner of a 45. Straight-ahead punk rock that mixes Midwestern heft with hardcore drive into four tracks of pure power and sonic bliss that hit like line drives into your blackened punker heart, and not one of ’em breaks the two-minute mark. Had this been released thirty years ago, collectors would be tripping over themselves to throw piles of cash for copies. Thank Mahfü they’re a contemporary band laying waste to the stupid argument that no good punk rock exists these days by putting out an EP that is aptly described as “crucial.” –Jimmy Alvarado (Slovenly. slovenly.com)