YARD WORK: Earn the Rock: LP

May 23, 2018

I’m thirty-nine and already dreaming about the hardcore band I’m gonna start when my kid’s old enough to be embarrassed. I’d like to think my band would be this odd and original and yet resolutely parental—what’s more “dad” than a record of songs about household maintenance with titles like “In the Weeds” and “Ladder Climber”? Even with the silly concept, this doesn’t scan as a novelty. Austin’s Yard Work pound out vampy garage rock that sounds like a cross between Half Japanese and The Cramps. I hope I’m this cool in a few years. –Chris Terry (Rock Tumbler, rocktumblerrecords.bandcamp.com)