"Demon to Lean On"

The greatest song yet by these twentysomething San Diego surf punks treats Nirvana like a killer thrift-shop find, with the guitars set to "mudslide" and an oh-well Nathan Williams drawling (possibly accidental) Kurt Cobain allusions like "We're probably just dumb." Gloomy though the lyrics may be ("no hope and no future" gets repeated), Williams sounds like a talented slacker with a sugar high, barreling into bigger and bigger choruses. Grimier bubblegrunge is seldom found under a school desk.

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