Vinyl Pressing Review

Act Rights

Sweat Equity

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 06.27.2013

Austin, TX four-piece, Act Rights, offers a brash, guitar-driven psychedelic boogie on this R&B-tinged punk release. It's an up-tempo, energetic album marked by propulsive, rollicking rhythms. Act Rights seems informed by 1960s garage rock, Brazilian psych rock superstars Os Haxixins and fellow Austin heavyweights White Denim. These styles meld into a raucous, party atmosphere meant to be played at a high volume.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


For an album built around fuzzy, jangly guitar lines, the production here is remarkably crisp and coherent. The record plays loud, but the volume pairs well with the band's energy. The sound is consistent throughout the release with the guitars and vocals in the front. The bass and drums could be brought forward a bit, but I have few complaints overall.

Pressing Quality:


No noticeable weave. Very minimal warping that did not affect the sound. The record is not very heavy, but it's a sturdy, high quality pressing. Sound quality is consistent throughout the pressing. Standard issue cardboard jacket and white, paper sleeve. Overall, it's in the Good to Very Good range.

Vinyl Noise:


There is minimal noise on the LP, excluding the raucous garage rock aesthetic displayed by the band itself. No noticeable static. Aside from the rare, sporadic pop the record is quiet between tracks.

Overall Artwork:


Straightforward, black and white photograph of the band in front of an old car on the cover. The cover jacket features a subdued color palette of cream against an art deco font. Overall, the artwork fits the bands throwback aesthetic.

Overall Extras:


The marbled purple and gray LP is a very cool color. The album also includes a digital download. The paper sleeve and standard issue jacket leave a bit to be desired, but it's a cool, coherent package nonetheless.

Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

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Total Score

: 3.85



Label: Tonequake Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 16.99
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: gray with marbled purple
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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