The best album to come out of Louisville since Young Widows’ Old Wounds. Deft songwriting coupled with a penchant for fuzz, electronic sounds and guitar pedals somehow doesn’t end up sounding like your high school jam band. Self Help showcases a unique knack for ruckus indie-core along with a penchant to experiment, but without straying uncomfortably far from the Louisville hardcore heavy syncopated bass/drums sound. That said, this album is heavy in a whole new way, with arrangements a la Dischord, horns and choruses that verge on the divine (see “Up All Night”). Straight A’s aren’t trying to vie for your attention; they deserve it, because of their weird, squealy message and a grip on exactly how to say it.
- by Pawl Schwartz