Reviews Label: Recess

Label: Recess

13 reviews found

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The Arrivals - Volatile Molotov album cover

The Arrivals

Volatile Molotov, 2010

8.3 / 10

When it comes to overlooked bands, Chicago’s Arrivals should be right near the top. The band has never been overly prolific, releasing only four records since the mid ‘90s. Yet ...

Underground Railroad To Candyland - Knows Your Sins album cover

Underground Railroad To Candyland

Knows Your Sins, 2011

7.2 / 10

Considering that Underground Railroad to Candyland was formed, in large part, to be a party band, and combining that with the So. Cal. sun that’s been beating down on Todd ...

Toys That Kill - Fambly 42 album cover

Toys That Kill

Fambly 42, 2012

8.9 / 10

It may have been six years since Toys That Kill put out a full-length, but Fambly 42 sounds like it could have been released immediately after Shanked. The melodies are ...

Audacity - Mellow Cruisers album cover


Mellow Cruisers, 2012

8.4 / 10

It’s not very often I’ll say a song belongs on the radio and mean that in a good way. With the whispered beginnings to “Garza” on Audacity’s Mellow Cruisers, the ...

Future Virgins - Late Republic album cover

Future Virgins

Late Republic, 2013

9.0 / 10

After how hard Western Problems hit, it would be hard for Future Virgins to deliver another punch-out of similar quality. Or would it? With a new record, Late Republic on Recess Records, the Chattanooga ...

The Dwarves - Younger & Even Better Looking album cover

The Dwarves

Younger & Even Better Looking, 2013

7.7 / 10

Age makes fools of us all. First it was In Utero releasing all of my hard-found rarities on a single disc, and now comes The Dwarves Are Younger & Even Better Looking a new ...

The Dwarves - Invented Rock & Roll album cover

The Dwarves

Invented Rock & Roll, 2014

7.9 / 10

I won’t say anything as hyperbolic as that the Dwarves invented rock ‘n’ roll, but I’ll still give them another borderline statement that fits on a press sheet: the 2014 ...

Treasure Fleet - The Sun Machine album cover

Treasure Fleet

The Sun Machine, 2015

7.5 / 10

You can’t have your middle finger in the air all the time. As such, Isaac Thotz (The Arrivals) has stepped away from his punk-leaning project to explore spacey 1960’s inspired ...

Birthday Suits - Adult Party: Spin the Bottle album cover

Birthday Suits

Adult Party: Spin the Bottle, 2015

8.0 / 10

Birthday Suits always surprise me on record. Live, it’s fierce and reckless; sweaty mayhem and cathartic rock ‘n’ roll. On record, it’s more calculated, with the vocals coming stronger in ...

Underground Railroad To Candyland - The People Are Home album cover

Underground Railroad To Candyland

The People Are Home, 2015

8.3 / 10

I wasn’t sure what to make of Underground Railroad to Candyland when I first saw them. They were a very new band, but the style was off-kilter and different than ...

Toys That Kill - Sentimental Ward album cover

Toys That Kill

Sentimental Ward, 2016

8.4 / 10

It’s nice when your favorite bands surprise you. It took six years for Fambly 42), so I wasn’t ready for Sentimental Ward yet (though apparently it’s already been another four ...

Clown Sounds - Preacher Maker album cover

Clown Sounds

Preacher Maker, 2018

7.5 / 10

I was going to review this when it came out, but I like my statements to be accurate, so I went to the source and interviewed Todd Congelliere first. As ...

Jumpstarted Plowhards - Round One album cover

Jumpstarted Plowhards

Round One, 2019

7.5 / 10

I’m going to jump right into the thick of it and admit I’m not well-versed in Mike Watt’s catalog. In my defense, the man is a workhorse, releasing records with ...

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