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Mouthbreathers, N.E.C. 

When: Mon., July 15, 6 p.m. 2013
Sure it’s small, but the catalog of Lawrence’s Mouthbreathers—consisting entirely of a six-track demo and a handful of singles—nonetheless describes an upward trajectory to their scuzzy, snarling garage punk. This Kansas quartet’s 2011 debut single, “Anxiety,” released by In the Red (Greg Cartwright turned the label on to the young ’uns after they opened for the Reigning Sound), is loud, catchy, straightforward rock ’n’ roll (with hoots hinting at Jon Dwyer’s), and it goes in for the reverb-drowned vocals that are all the rage, bleeding the words into one another till they’re unintelligible. The five-minute-plus “Die Alone,” released by Replay last year, sounds dreary and defeated, as the title suggests—it’s a bit like one of Pissed Jeans’ more sludgy and trudging numbers. And the most recent (and best) Mouthbreathers single, “Nowhere Else to Go,” dropped by Slovenly in April, is early-80s hardcore punk with just the right amount of snot and screw-the-dude-in-the-suit attitude, heavy on the Keith Morris. None of it’s bad, all of it’s good, and I bet they’re going to keep getting better. They tell me that their first LP is due (also on In the Red) late this summer. —Kevin Warwick Mouthbreathers also play tonight at Cobra Lounge.

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