WRISTWATCH: Self-titled: LP

Jan 21, 2022

Bent and wrecked punk rock that doesn’t sound typical by any stretch. In the realm of the Screamers and Ausmuteants, Wristwatch crank out hyper and jittery music that sounds like a carnival from hell. The drum machine makes this whole thing sound crazy and out of control. It’s almost sonically overwhelming if you lock in on the beats. Lyrically, a lot of songs about breaking up, but the tempo is too up to be morose and forlorn. “Hints” sounds like the Strokes meeting Beautiful Skin. The closer “Bold” sounds completely different from the other nine tracks—and perhaps the most “normal”—but still not conservative and staid. Pretty good! –Matt Average (FDH, fdhmusic.com)