WRISTWATCH: II: LP

Sep 22, 2023

The songs on II are synth-heavy punk driven by a drum machine. But the songs aren’t steeped exclusively in chaos and distortion. The vocals take chances—with a range from sarcasm and sincerity in the realm of The Sparks—and are laid down thoughtfully over mechanically precise pop punk riffs. “Sweet Tooth” stands out: the vocals are infused with warble and hopeful expression and the song moves at a fast pace. But the band is stable in all gears. “Up” proves the band can pull it off at half-speed. It’s a head-nodder with a catchy chorus. The pop structures are excellent. If this is your sound, it’s one to check out. –Billups Allen (Big Neck, bigneckrecords1.bandcamp)

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