New LP - Tyvek - On Triple Beams - As most of you already know, Tyvek hails from the Wild (Mid)west that is 21st century Detroit. Prior to their terrific 2010 list-topping "Nothing Fits" LP, Tyvek had worked with legendary labels like Siltbreeze and S-S and have since tentatively released records on larger imprints such as Sub Pop and Third Man. Despite all label associations, Tyvek are truly DIY. They've self-funded, assembled, and distributed more tapes and CD-Rs than we care to recall drunkenly buying at this time and, although the quality of these live and unreleased recording comps has varied, when Tyvek pulls it together for an actual vinyl release, they rarely disappoint with their idiosyncratic brand of DIY post-punk / proto-hardcore. This time around ain't no differn't. Actually, it's quite differn't. The tempos on "On Triple Beams" are a little slower. Kevin Boyer's vocal delivery is less frantic - no where is this more obvious than on the album opener "Scaling" where he mumbles words quietly, taking the backseat to a driving, repetitive rock groove - but his guitar still rides shotgun. "Early Spring" sounds quite a bit like the Tyvek we've come accustomed to, but the drums sound like their being played by a triple-amputee. "Sea Walls" woulda fit in nicely on the debut LP while "Returns" wouldn't have sounded totally out of place on "Nothing Fits"... or would it have? It's hard to say after hearing it in the context of these other nine songs, all sequenced together so nicely. "On Triple Beams" also finds Tyvek sounding their most laid-back. We can't recall a track quite like "Wayne County Roads" from any of their previous records. It's much more melodic, almost to the point of pub-rockin' anthemic. Tyvek are usually so frantic; it's nice to hear 'em settle down for four minutes and mellow out. "Say Yeah" is a tad more relaxed than Tyvek's earlier material as well, but one could still pogo to this stuff. As a matter of fact, some may have even found it difficult to keep up with Tyvek's neck-breaking pace at all their past shows but we think they'll be able to keep up on this tour. The moral of the story: the fits from "Nothing Fits" only pop up occasionally, but the more repetitive, psychedelic, post-punk direction suits Tyvek just as well. "On Triple Beams" comes Wildly Recommended.