Skimask: Cute Mutant 12"
Debut 12" from this mean, rugged Boston band. Like Broken Prayer this is aggressive, hard-hitting music that gleefully tramples all over the typical genre lines of things like "hardcore" and "punk." Most songs are built around primitive, distorted drums beats and there's as much synth here as stringed instruments, but everything is so blown-out and cacophonous that no one is going to mistake this for wimpy new wave. In spirit, this is much more akin to the Angry Angles / Nervous Gender / Screamers school of adventurous synth punk. Cool packaging, too, including die-cut jackets that you remove to reveal a truly warped image underneath. 100% Breakfast Records