Retox: YPLL

Retox: YPLL

(Epitaph, 5/28/13)

"Congratulations, You Are Good Enough"


Though Retox vocalist Justin Pearson (of The Locust) gets first mention for his name recognition, the rest of this Southern California hardcore-punk outfit is no less tenured or talented, with other projects that span from noise-core to Americana.

YPLL, the band’s sophomore “LP” — which hits 22 minutes after just 13 on the band’s freshman affair — is another dose of high-speed aggression and witty/pithy song titles (“Greasy Psalms,” “Soviet Reunion,” “Congratulations, You Are Good Enough”). New addition Brian Evans suitably replaces the whirling-dervish Gabe Serbian on drums, and with only two tracks on YPLL that eclipse two minutes, his maniacal energy is crucial. Whether you’ve followed the lineage of Pearson’s Three One G label or just love riotous punk rock with smarts, pick this up.