SWEETHEART SEBASTIAN: Volume 1: CD

A collection of assorted recordings by this Montreal band, whose name is sometimes “S<3S,” apparently a shortening of “Sweetheart Sebastian.” The crème here are potent, punchy doses of straightforward punk loosely in the Ramones mold, with the rest sounding more like rough demos, some with drum machines providing a backbeat. –Jimmy Alvarado (Blade And Blood, facebook.com/bladeandblood)