The Gist: Overdriven guitars, Steve Brooks's shouting, and the band's memorable melodies recall the Melvins and Husker Du at their catchiest. Best Track: "Kiss Me Dudely"
What's Your Listening Mood? Frustratingly horny. You've been chatting up a prospective trick all night, the tension is building, and you're ready to just throw your fist down on the bar and demand to have your face sucked.
The Gist: Thanks to crunchy, bass-heavy production and frontman Jason Rivera's soaring wails, Gaytheist split the difference between the Dead Kennedys and Fugazi.
Best Track: "Hand Holder"
What's Your Listening Mood? Hopeless, really. Imagine it's the end of the world and, as Gaytheist's Jason Rivera explains, you're one of two humans who were cryogenically frozen with hopes of repopulating the earth. "The two last humans are a gay man and a gay woman. They're like, 'Fuck this,' and they just hold hands and jump off a cliff."