Much like in film, there's something to be said for a band that can convey its message in a short period of time. And, thanks in no small part to the immediacy of the interwebs, we currently find ourselves in the middle of a musical shift. Gone is the pretense surrounding long players, which have given way to EPs and, increasingly, singles as the preferred method of consumption.

The upstart Dallas punks in Soviet know quite well of our short attention span. And, thus, their debut Forever Today EP gets to the point quickly. Clocking in at just under 10 minutes long, the four songs waste no time introducing you to what the band calls "flower punk." Each track is drenched in a mixture of jangly guitars, tambourine and the lo-fi garage aesthetic that seems to be all the rage these days (see fellow locals Teenage Cool Kids). And with no song longer than three minutes, it's clear there's no wasted motion here.

With a necessary sense of urgency and angst, the title track pretty much says it all about Soviet. Whatever is going to happen, needs to happen now. And with a brash, catchy swagger, Soviet are all too happy to be the ones giving us exactly what we want.

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Mark Schectman

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