The London-based trio of Lindsay Corstorphine (guitar/vocals), Kevin Hendrick (guitar) and Robin Christian (drums) also ply their trade variously in Sauna Youth, Monotony and Male Bonding but this is their debut together, a short and sweet punky cacophony nearly all of which comes in under 3 minutes per song. Breaking the mould, though, is ‘Ever Outward’, rhythmic dreaminess that includes nearly two minutes of various drum machine patterns and cassette loops. That song reflects the art-pop side of the band, which puts you in mind of Wire and Blur, while the other side is represented by melodic thrash-pop sounding like Parquet Courts and Australian garage-rockers Eddy Current Suppression Ring, whose music meister Mikey Young mastered the record.
‘Being There’ is spiky and punky, and 'Open Heads’ has the same dynamic attraction as Parquet Courts. ‘Troubles’ is rhythmic and riffy while ‘Eyes’ builds arty unpredictability and angularity into its melodic frame. Opener ‘Miracle Skin’ is the best of all possible worlds: melodic punkiness and a great riff.
The record is 28 minutes of unflagging punk-pop with one slight downside: most songs are constructed on the same pattern of rhythmic backing and naggingly catchy riffs so it starts to sound a bit formulaic (though the record isn’t long enough to really test that fear). But, if there is a formula, it’s a good one used by the best, and there are enough short, spiky and individually infectious songs here to reward the bold listener.