Hypochondriac. It’s impossible to listen to the record without imagining the dingy interior of a punk house, thanks to frontman Mikey Carnevale’s directionless existentialism and guitarist Jordan Clark’s bright but brutalizing riffs. It’s as if the Frights never bothered to wonder if punk was dead in the first place.
For a band that formed under the pretenses of playing a single thirty-minute set as a joke and then immediately breaking up, San Diego-bred punk four-piece the Frights are going rather strong, with a SoCal sound that feels like a loving throwback to Social Distortion and the heyday of the ’90s punk revival. FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper considers himself a fan, having produced the group’s two most recent albums, including this year’s