The debut release from the Van Pelt is a three-song EP that expands on the style Chris Leo used in Native Nod. With slightly heavy guitar sounds and Leo's speaking/shouting vocals, the band kicked off their recording career with a unique feel and some quality songs. The opening "Speeding Train" is a nice introduction and the group takes it easy as they flow gently under one of Leo's more subtle diatribes. "Evil High" is typical Van Pelt confusion, consisting of nothing more than hand claps and nonsensical lyrics. The third and most powerful number, "The Democratic Teachers Union," is a rougher riff-oriented song, with a powerful and at times obscenity-ridden string of lyrics that really drive the emotion home. This is the record that started a nice buzz about the group, and while its length and song choice don't make it completely necessary, anyone who enjoys the group's music will find that these songs are only a few notches below the band's best work.
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AllMusic Review by Peter J. D'Angelo