SPEEDEALER: Blue Days Black Nights: CD

Apparently these guys used to be called REO Speedealer until that other band threatened to sue them, so kudos for that right off the bat. This is their first new record in a long time. It is produced by Daniel Rey and features Rick Pearson of The Buck Pets on bass. I loved The Buck Pets but this is a whole different kettle of fish—grinding, heavy, and looking to turn your stereo speakers into a molten lump of plastic and wires. Crank it up and they may just succeed. –Sean Koepenick (Self-released, speeddealerband.com)