Media Jeweler play gleefully spastic frayed-nerves rock music that draws from a wealth of underground scenes, as we’ve witnessed via “Passport Invalid” and “No Exit” — and especially in the former’s hilariously doomy Toy Story-inspired music video. The Los Angeles band’s debut album $99 R/T Hawaii feels like Slint, Built To Spill, Reel Big Fish, Les Savy Fav, and dozens of other idiosyncratic ’90s combos fighting for space in the same band-brain, countless creative impulses constantly dethroning each other in a frantic mental game of King Of The Mountain. Jittery tempos and wild instrumental flourishes abound, and the whole thing is over before you know it. You’ll want to get back in line and take another ride.
$99 R/T Hawaii is out 9/18 on Fire Talk Records. Pre-order it here.