This is not your grandma Agatha's favorite album, unless your grandma raised you on power chords. This Seattle quartet is punk only the Northwest could produce, with its hands-in-your-pockets-while-it-rains tonality and boundless minor chords.
Like At the Drive-In or Sparta before their edges were dulled, Agatha harkens back to those lovely days when everything was "post-punk" this or "post-hardcore" that. But it's far from post-anything, aside from the rough polish done in post-production on the band's first full-length, LP. Unlike many modern DIY outfits, Agatha isn't afraid to let you actually hear what specific chords and riffs it's playing. And it definitely wants you to sing along to "Agitate for the class war!"
Yet LP isn't a clean record, like Rumbletowne labelmate RVIVR's latest effort. When Agatha sings, "We think in a language of violence," it's played violently, too. If it doesn't get you riled up, you need to take your earplugs out.
Loma Prieta, Agatha, Night Nurses and King Elephant play the VFW on Mon., April 15, at 9 PM. $5/$7 under 21. All ages.