The Punk Band Negative Scanner Gets Apocalyptic

Ashleigh Dye


Negative Scanner
Negative Scanner
Trouble in Mind

Folks who cheered Sleater-Kinney’s recent reunion and crave another righteous blast of purifying punk noise should check out the debut album of this exciting Chicago foursome. Echoing the equally terrific White Lung, Negative Scanner makes a bracing racket from pungent raw materials—careening drums, clattering guitars, urgent vocals—with agitated frontwoman Rebecca Valeriano-Flores hinting at apocalyptic consequences every time she sings. Highlighted by blistering tunes like “Planet of Slums” and “Would You Rather,” this searing 27-minute eruption is close to perfect, but not for delicate ears.