Rating: 5 out of 10 lightning bolts or something
The first thing I should mention about this Fresno, CA quartet’s 4-song debut is the nifty, handsewn burlap sack it comes in. The music inside is also presumably homemade, although the band have elected not to provide any background info on the members, instrumentation, etc. So we’re on our own, although a brief search of the Internet revealed the cursory info above as well as the following member names: Belowbelmont, Bananus, Buildingoodbye and MileMeDeaf, which sound like instant messenger handles and give you an idea of the mentality we’re dealing with. Opener “They Are Always Into That” is an angry, post-punk grunter with aggressive, angular guitar lines supporting an irate vocalist and ultimately sounds like Joan of Arc crossed with The Cure.
“Courtesy Call” sounds like what might happen if you locked yourself in your bedroom with an ounce of weed and Beck’s back catalog and emerged about 6 hours later with a song describing the experience. “What the Neighbors Don’t Know” is a cool, math rock dittie that introduces a jazzy element that honest-to-God sounds like Ray Davies fronting King Crimson, and “Robot Show” even boasts harmonies and a somewhat linear progression from point A to B that suggests the band could write catchy pop songs if they wanted to. Unfortunately, the rest of the album suggests they don’t.- Jeff Penczak