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The Exbats: E Is for Exbats [Burger, 2019]
Comprising guitar-playing father Kenny McLain and teenaged singer-drummer daughter Inez McLain, this southeast Arizona punk unit isn't as sharp as Billie Eilish or Chai. But they do repay the attention due any artistic unit whose premature best-of could inspire me to name both wunderkinds in the same sentence. Lifted from their 2016 debut A Guide to Health Issues Affecting Rescue Hens, "Everybody Loves My Mom" is no longer their compositional peak on the strength of such couplets as "She watches sports on TV/She's got more friends than me." That honor now goes to "Hey Dummy" and "Maximum of Happy" rendered as a diptych. B+