Experts In Skin is the little sister follow-up to 2018's Living In Excellence (MUS 180LP). The A side holds the familiar post-post punk angst the band is known for, only building ever higher with a triple saxophone flurry and singer Tom Ridgewell mutters about mainstream consumerism. On the flip side the band turns to its pop sensibilities producing the tough but sweet sounding "Schnuki". Bassist Amy Hill's bouncing vocals contrast to the anarcho-punk growls below. Constant Mongrel have previous releases available on RIP Society, La Vida Es Un Mus, and Siltbreeze. 180 gram, transparent vinyl; Edition of 400.
Our take: After lighting up the DIY punk scene with their recent LP on La Vida Es Un Mus, here’s the follow-up single from this Australian post-punk band. The a-side is a brooding post-punker with a Crisis-type catchy lead guitar line repeated for the entire length of the track. While the guitar doesn’t modulate at all, the song gradually builds in intensity, climaxing with a burst of saxophone in the final section. The b-side is more pop-oriented, with a punkier guitar sound balancing out the more melodic vocals. It’s a brief single, but worth your while if you’re a fan. Oh, and it’s limited to only 400 copies so don’t sleep.