On their MySpace site, these guys simply say they sound like "trouble." I'm not going to argue that point. This six-song EP has a bristling energy to it, making it sound like something an underground project that wiseguy Steve Albini might have produced (he didn't). Engineered, mixed and mastered by Noah Buchanan at Brainchild Recording, it kicks off with the compelling chug-a-lug guitars of "Empty Vials." That gives way to the more atmospheric "Something That Crush" and the punishing "Battle of the Wildcat." Having the songs - all of which are instrumental - segue into each other without any break is a good move. It gives the disc some continuity, even if the individual tracks are wildly different from each other. - Jeff Niesel
PurseSnatcher performs with Half Raised Heathens, DoHM, Dissolute and Calo at 8 p.m. Friday, September 26 at the Hi-fi Club (11729 Detroit Ave., 216.521.8878). FREE.
This extremely experimental band mixes instrumental tracks alongside those with lyrics, and the results might catch you off guard. On the first track, "Electric Goo Goo," there's an Arabian influence that makes you think the band will continue with that trajectory. However, once you get to the next song, "Ego," the group brings more of a rock sound into the mix, taking its self-titled debut in an entirely different direction. As a result, the attempt to sound eccentric for eccentricity's sake is misguided. But if you enjoy extremely long riffs and psychedelic hard rock, this is more than likely something you'll want to add to your CD collection. - Erika Schramm
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