SWEET REAPER: Sidekick: CS

The endless shores of California are at the heart of this ragtag group of miscreants’ inspiration to pick up instruments and bash out electrifying rock’n’roll. Here we have Ventura’s Sweet Reaper, who features members of Massenger, Vnlvx, and The Spires, and sound like The Plugz being blasted through a Twin Reverb on two banana boards bombing a palm-lined hill. Yet underneath the fuzzy distortion are the tried-and-true melodies of undeniably well-written songs. The sun may be setting on the horizon, but the night is young, and Sweet Reaper are about to get the party started. –Daryl (Naked Time)