Secret Robot Control

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Baboon wastes no time on Secret Robot Control, as the opening track, "Night of the Long Knives," rams right into a sludgy rock anthem instructing listeners "to be the best today." Singer Andrew Huffstetler's punk enthusiasm is contagious as his band drives his fury to the point of madness. Whispers are followed by screams, and every now and then a trombone is apt to join the onslaught of guitars. Reminiscent of classic Superchunk, Baboon is certainly heavy-handed with its emotions. While "I'm OK if You're OK" never lets up its intensity, "A Sip for Strength" segues from frantic fuzz to soothing euphoria like an opium-laced cocktail. With an old-school Texas punk attitude, Secret Robot Control definitely leads by example.

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