One Time Angels Tricks and Dreams

Although this band features former members of such San Francisco punk scene regulars as Screw 32 and St. James Infirmary, One Time Angels sounds more like they were born and bred in the icy suburbs of Minneapolis, circa 1986. With nary a trace of the Bay Area's signature old-school garage punk fury, this quartet instead focuses on straight ahead song writing in the mould of latter-day Hüsker Dü, the Replacements and Soul Asylum. About the only resemblance to any of their peers are the odd Jawbreaker-isms on tracks like "Undertow" and "Yield and Survive." A surprisingly mature collection of songs from a most unlikely source. (Lookout!)