Allentown, Pennsylvania's Pissed Jeans present a curious contrast on their fourth LP. On one hand, the album is a dazed Frankenstein's monster — the frantically paced "Health Plan" shows half-man, half-creature savagery. But there are hints of panic evident in songs like "Chain Worker," as if hoards of angry townspeople are at their backs. Honeys also embodies the rage of the pitchfork-bearing mob out to kill the beast. The blistering lead track, "Bathroom Laughter," seeks blood and sets a furious pace, whereas "Cafeteria Food" is recklessly confident, declaring, "I'm feeling like Jesus Christ, our Savior." Pissed Jeans maintain a post-hardcore, pit-opening allegiance on Honeys, but sow doubt with more tempered tracks. "Loubs" focuses on hooks and serving shots of whiskey over espresso, whereas the aforementioned "Cafeteria Food" is sludgy. Four records deep, Pissed Jeans may have trimmed some heaviness, but they open space for discovery.
PISSED JEANS:: The Sinclair, 52 Church St, Cambridge :: April 14 :: 7 pm | 18+ | $15 | 617.547.5200 or boweryboston.com