Dragons Power Up! / Puppies & Trains

Sea Legs/Behold a Pale Puppy

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The Twin Cities didn't stop making great underground rock in the '80s or when Twin/Tone and Reflex Records stopped. These days, the Guilt Ridden Pop label finds those that combine a noisy, irascible obstinacy with tunes. Following up last year's Brace for the Bloom, Dragons Power Up! tie feedback shards and ringing power chords onto a herky-jerky, rheumatic, rhythmic dissonance bequeathed from Rifle Sport and Baby Astronauts. It's nicely wracking, blustering, and uncouth. On the flip, the more punky jump'n'jangle low drive of Puppies & Trains is like a Wipers and Black Market Baby jam with local forebears Man Sized Action, as sharp as tacks. The red vinyl 7" comes with a download card that adds a digital bonus track apiece.