Monday, March 3, 2014

REVIEW: Running - Vaguely Ethnic LP (Castle Face)

Somewhere between some proto-punk raw power and some post-punk experimental noise lies Running's latest, Vaguely Ethnic.  This LP howls, thrashes and squeals like an an old locomotive moving at top speed...its exhilarating and terrifying all at once.  The production is grainy- vocals echo, the guitars buzz and crackle and the backline surges forward with every beat.  This is an album that will appeal to people with more esoteric, experimental tastes and to folks who like straight-up, 3-chord rock n' roll.  Castle Face gets it.  You will too.  Get it here.

REVIEW: Wimps - Party at The Wrong Time 7" EP (Help Yourself)

Our favorite bouncy, bubbly, conniption-fit-throwing, party-pop-punk outfit, Wimps, are at it again.  Their latest on Help Yourself Records offers up 4 fast and loose tracks about partying and rock n' roll.  The subject matter is straight forward and delivered with matter-of-fact transparency with a dash of tongue-in-cheekiness.  Its music for pounding beers, popping pills and pogo-ing your ass off.  Get it here.