Casting aside references to Iron Maiden and My Bloody Valentine, the PoH sound involves an odd and perplexing mix of conflicting thoughts and ideas. Stillman's hot-pink guitar spits out busy angular riffs and winds them around basslines that serve less as low-end foundation than as a thick sheet of echoes. Drummer Cory Race's dirty syncopations are fully embedded in the deluge of contrasting sounds, with Dennis' falsetto histrionics standing alone on the high-end.
These seemingly opposing elements bombard one another and produce a surprisingly palatable result. Highlights of the 40-minute frantic affair include the breakdown in the lead track, "The Good Punk," where Dennis probes his rage at a band not up to his standards over a martial backbeat. "Cover Me" explodes with a soaring riff, while an ode to facial hair, "The Toucher," get fitted with licks resembling bugle calls waking up the chorus lines. Please Believe It collects a series of stunning moments that rise above the chaos and hint at true sonic power.
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