STILL MISSING: Self-titled: LP

May 15, 2023

Something’s happening in Bakersfield, Calif. and it’s pretty killer. Still Missing is ostensibly a skate rock band in the Faction vein, but there’s depth here and multiple listens reveal some interesting stuff. I hear the channeling of two specific elements and eras of O.C. punk: the darker, slower stuff from the Adolescents/D.I. discography paired with the bleak content and vocal delivery reminiscent of Smogtown and Smut Peddlers. There’s some love for the sludgy, stoner rock stuff too, which all adds up a dark and compelling skate rock record that manages a wide range of sounds while still feeling cohesive. –Chad Williams (Killer Kern, killerkern.bandcamp.com)

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