SPELLS: Stimulants and Sedatives: LP

Spells are punks writing punk songs. They opted out of the usual side A and side B, and went with a “stimulant” side and a “sedative” side instead, though I don’t think the tone changes that much (it’s like going 55 vs. going 45). The whole thing is somehow both a hair too clever and a tad too traditional, and there’s that weird paradox that sometimes happens with bands: the more emphatic they are, the less persuasive the music is. –Matt Werts (Rad Girlfriend, radgirlfriendrecords.com / Snappy Little Numbers, snappylittlenumbers.com)