Label: Lauren Warm Thoughts (formerly known as Dad Punchers) is the side project from Touche Amore drummer Elliot Babin. With influences of post-rock, shoegaze and post-punk thrown in the mix, Babin carves out a charming, catchy pair of indie tunes that come off more grasping and deeply personal. Seattle’s The Exquisites is helmed by Jason Clackley on vocals. With influences spanning 90’s emo, punk and indie to crooners like Sam Cooke, it would be easy to write songs that tried too hard to blend these components together without purpose. On this occasion, however, the band have created something greater than the sum of its parts. Overall, this split offers a great tease of each band for newcomers. There's a lot of experimentation on tap and the varying sounds shed ample light on the past, present and future of the two bands. Both bands get to the good stuff and fast. One of those short bursts of music that you won't regret.