WET THE ROPE: The Sum of Our Scars: LP

A debut album of self-described “emotional hardcore” from a new band comprised of participants with thirty years of experience making a racket. Sexual abuse is the common lyrical thread throughout, the music is angry and artsy, yet not too annoyingly so, and they have the good sense to keep the songs fairly direct and eschewing any unnecessarily self-indulgent “musical explorations.” Not my bag, but admittedly engaging and much better than I expected. I imagine they’ll take that as faint praise but is not intended as such. –Jimmy Alvarado (Adagio830)