UNCOMMITTED THE: Self-titled: CS

The Uncommitted matches hardcore riffing with gruff, aggressive vocals and the instrumentation of a lap steel guitar. Despite the horrors one may expect from such a combination, this record was actually a relatively painless listen. The lap-steel wail tends to come through as an accentuation of apposite guitar riffing, and gets especially interesting in tracks like “Autosite/Parasite” and “John Brown’s Dream” as a medium for a more experimental sound that probably couldn’t be achieved with conventional instruments. The novelty is used wisely, and this is otherwise an angry and entertaining punk record for fans of gruff vocals. I enjoyed this release, and listeners into a little experimentation in a mix probably would too. –Anna Farr (Self-released, uncommitted.bandcamp.com)