Calling this five-song EP a short, sharp shock would put it mildly -- it's barely nine minutes long and doesn't waste any time. Finding a smart intersection point between free jazz and its various descendents and punk rock attitude, the quartet sound like they could equally be at home in 1966 or 1981, but make the late '90s a smart place to be. All instrumental, recorded live at a favorite L.A. area club, the Smell, the release easily benefits from the lack of vocals -- all the members need to do is swing and grind with equal aplomb, and that they do. "First-Aid Cookies" is a good case in point, a jam session one can actually dance to, while the amusingly titled "Tribu Ni Rectum" tackles on-a-dime tempo shifts with the best of them, not to mention some pretty concluding guitar from Ara Shirinyan. "Hugs," meanwhile, manages to be both epic rock and excitable sax fun; a good end result.
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