New Jersey duo Dads
have done as much as any band going to make the international underground emo scene a welcoming place for people who are scared of the E-word. On last year’s American Radass (This Is Important)
they evoke the wistfulness and existential dread of reaching adulthood by adapting sloppy 90s midwestern emo, turning it into something fierce and sprightly that sounds messier than it is. Rather than outright copy the DNA of their emo ancestors, though, Dads add serene, slow-building postrock to give their cathartic songs an epic boost. And on the recent EP Pretty Good
(6131) they veer toward grunge and even slowcore: at one point on “My Crass Patch”
they decelerate their chimelike guitars till they crawl, letting them burn slowly into your brain like a high-speed hook never can. —Leor Galil Drug Church, Mountains for Clouds, and Droughts open.