Bug Chaser's Self-Titled LP is a Multi-Directional Sonic Assault

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Side two is more direct, which helps the songs run hotter and come across as a leaner, more soul-driven version of what came before. "Orange County Bible," with its competing vocals and disembodied choir, has enough wah-wah guitar and barely-there funk breaks to make you wonder if it's a loving pastiche or a piss-take of Cali grooves. Credit Jake Jones' and Zeng Zengerling's guitar work, which switches from squirrelly metallic leads to quick-wristed funk slashes, as well as Jake Bremler's '60s-indebted keyboard arsenal for making "Sounds of the Mounds" such a flat-out jam.

Across these six songs, the band can get pneumatically funky, thuddingly psychedelic and experimentally thrashy, often in short order. Bug Chaser masters none of these styles, as mastery would suggest one streamlined, agreed-upon direction, and that would be lot more boring that this band's multi-directional assault.

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