YEAR OF THE FIST: Dirty Laundry: 7” EP

Oakland’s Year Of The Fist maintain an amount of screamed vocals and pissed-off lyrics to warrant the label of punk, to say nothing of their crushing riffs. When sung, the vocals in fact sound a lot like Carrie Brownstein’s. The angry energy on this EP is tempered by complex—borderline pretty—songwriting, sometimes even featuring a piano. It’s not your everyday punk record, and it does what it does expertly. –Lyle (Self-released, yearofthefist.bandcamp.com)