Featured Release: La Misma: Kanizadi LP (Toxic State)



Featured Release: La Misma: Kanizadi LP (Toxic State)

I loved the bouncy pogo punk of La Misma's earlier releases, but as all of those New York bands are wont to do, this newest release ups the game considerably. My first reaction when I heard this LP was that La Misma must have been paying some attention to what Dawn of Humans have been up to lately; like that band, La Misma are strikingly creative with their arrangements, not only in the deft and memorable interplay between the guitar and bass, but also in the clever little touches that litter this record, like the vocal loop that runs all the way through "Afirmação," for instance. Any given song on this LP has enough exciting ideas in it that a lesser band probably would have made three songs out of them. La Misma not only manage to fit this explosion of ideas into relatively straightforward punk songs, but do so in a way that doesn't sound overly dense, contrived, or belabored. They're also helped out by one of the better production jobs on a Toxic State release; much of the great music released on this label is merely "good enough" in terms of recording quality, but each instrument has its own frequency range here, you can hear everything, and the sound is compact and powerful. I probably say this nearly every time they put out something new, but this is really one of my favorite things that Toxic State has ever released. Without a doubt one of 2015's seminal punk releases, and of course highly recommended.