ZIK ZAK: Egal: LP

In the late ’90s and early ’00s, there was a huge glut of, like, screamy, quasi-dance bands that relied heavily on white-belted dudes yowling on the floor while a keyboardist pounded away amid dance beats and hardcore guitars. Labels like Sound Virus and Three One G put out a lot of stuff like this, and bands like the Blood Brothers and The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower crafted it down to an exact science. Zik Zak definitely has elements of that kind of screamy, dance-y stuff, but they also seem rooted pretty firmly in melodic punk, sounding at times like a German Bombshell Rocks, if that reference rings any bells. Competent, veering, propulsive, big choruses and hooks. Zero idea what they’re yelling about, but I’m more than willing to tap my foot and nod my head. –Keith Rosson (Sub-Zine)