Turn off that Top 40 station immediately. Starting off your summer is this split featuring fresh tracks from NJ emo-punks Aspiga and Orlando acoustic-core darlings Among Giants. Two trios with two tracks each, never before have eleven minutes of sing-a-long punk delivered such candor with time left for pizza. Who ever said bravado and brevity couldn’t mix with fun and fury? On ‘Direction’, Aspiga conjures the classic roadtrip ballad before tackling heartfelt coming-of-age antics on ‘Old Hobbies’. Departing from their acoustic roots, Among Giants hits home with poignant lyricism on ‘In The Jungle’ and the punchy progressions of ‘I Care About Everyone I Meet’. A must-listen for gang-vocal aficionados, FESTers, and anyone curious as to the shape of punk to come in 2013.
(FFO: Iron Chic, 504 Plan, Hostage Calm)