Hailing from Olympia, Washington, VEXX are a true anomaly. These 8 tracks combine unhinged, Penelope Houston-style vocals with the meth-driven guitar solos of the Zero Boys and highly syncopated rhythms to devastating impact. Songs like “Falling Down” and “Spirit/Contraint” blaze past with their breakneck tempos, yet contain enough pop sensibility to yield repeated plays. While VEXX sound more small-town Midwest than gloomy Northwest, they still pay occasional homage to the ominous sounds of the Wipers on standout track “Ocean Shores”—showing they understand their geographical antecedents better than most. Elsewhere, “Stress” and “Roky, Take me Home” recall the thuggish menace of Hermosa Beach groups, with vocals that alternate between a grumble and a roar.