VICIOUS DREAMS: Self-titled: LP

Melodic, dark, and brooding, Vicious Dreams is a female-fronted act from Orlando that is doing their own thing. Catchy, but not really poppy, they reeled me in with their unique take on updating simple Ramones and Misfits tropes. Major props are due to those involved with the packaging, too. In addition to a nifty silkscreened mini-poster, the lyric sheet is presented in the same layout as a classic issue of TV Guide. Vicious Dreams took at least five years as a band before making this debut full-length. The patience and discipline shows, as this is quite the gripping debut. –Art Ettinger (Swamp Cabbage)