SYMBOL SIX: Side Four: LP

Symbol Six formed in the early ‘80s in Los Angeles, broke up, and then reformed in this millennium. This is their fourth album since getting back together. Enjoyably stagey, with a tasteful attempt at a wall of sound in the production, these guys are focused on tight, hook-laden songwriting. There are lead guitar lines, but never to an obnoxious extent. Inspired more by early bands like The Dictators than anything that came since, Symbol Six is keeping it basic, yet they’re not afraid to let their musical acumen or skill sets take over. It’s on colored vinyl, with a neat fold-out lyric sheet included as well. I’m guessing a fifth album will follow in the very near future, which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all. –Art Ettinger (Jail House, jailhouserecords.storenvy.com)