DROLLS, THE- "Bad Ear" LP (Blue Galaxy)
STATE DRUGS- "Takings & Leavings" LP (Blue)
BLACK DOTS- "Everything Has Gotta Change" 12" (Orange w/Screenprint)
Everything Has Gotta Change hits immediately. Opener “I’m Already Gone” lays the framework: introducing each of the vocalists plus the band’s unique spin on heartfelt, urgent punk with a pop bent. I struggle for reference points with Black Dots because it’s instantly familiar, yet each singer has their own style that takes over the song. It’s accessible punk, yet DIY and a bit quirky and outside the genre box. Worriers comes to mind in that sense, though individual songs also spark other comparisons. Then, of course, there’s the band’s background: members have played in Vena Cava and The Achievement. There are two main singers and three different songwriters. It’s a diverse sound that’s unified; each song is a changeup, not a new pitcher. April from VENA CAVA! 285 single sided 12"s on translucent orange vinyl with white ink silk screened B sides. Download code included. Split release with La Escalera Records. Released 3/30/19. Snappy Little Numbers Recordings.