Oakland's Sex Snobs
could easily just be filed under straight-up noisy punk rock—they've got the gurgling, crunchy bass tone and evil-sounding guitar riffage down, that's for sure—but what makes them stand out is a decidedly rock 'n' roll bravado. On their debut album, Lonely
, front man Alex Barnard tweaks his vocals with a sweaty sass, chugging along in a way that's more appropriate for a glitter-littered stage than a dingy basement floor. And when it's not spewing out noise and feedback, the guitar clatter is more New Bomb Turks than Pissed Jeans. Today's romp of a 12 O'Clock Track
, "Sick as a Dog," is the album's opener.