The sheer sound of the record hits first, an intense rock sound all too rare in today’s indie landscape. “Local Business” is unapologetic, stripped-down guitar rock. This sound isn’t what carries the album, though. It’s the lyrics that really shine.
The one-line riff of “Titus Andronicus Vs. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)” fits the rawness of the record but is actually out of place here. More typical is the opening track, “Ecce Homo,” in which lead singer Patrick Stickles waxes metaphoric on the nature of life.
“Local Business” isn’t a perfect record. Not every track keeps the power of the opener going. But it’s strong all the way through and certainly worth a listen.
By Rabi Abonour
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