Invigorating but incredibly aware punk rock from Ottawa four-piece.
It takes a certain type of band to fit four songs on a 7” EP without the end result sounding rushed. Steve Adamyk Band, the gnarly four-piece out of Ottawa, pull off the feat on Monterrey without forsaking any of the relentless energy they’ve made a name for themselves upon. Evoking some of Jay Reatard’s more invigorating material, Monterrey is a streamlined yet thoroughly enjoyable listen. The title track blasts along with brisk enthusiasm, yet still follows through on each of the punchy riffs. The band certainly allow the four tracks a chance to breathe, but make no mistake, Steve Adamyk Band is a meat-and-potatoes punk rock act who don’t aim to complicate the formula they’ve laid through their four previous full-lengths. “Front to Back”, the longest track here, is as chunky as anything this band has ever written, and firmly establishes them as an act that possesses a sense of self-awareness that compliments their aesthetic.