Should the big boot of Italy ever kick little Sicily out into the Mediterranean, Uzeda's native town Catania would be the point of contact. This may explain the precipitous feel of Uzeda's original Hard Rock. With a lead singer who sounds thrillingly like a cross between Joan Jett and Mia Zapata of the Gits, the band has a bass-heavy sound all their own. Though reminiscent of Primus, Uzeda forego funky irony in favor of difficult, intentionally noisy rock in which guitars sing in tangled response to strained lyrics. Dark and hyper-intelligent, this is brilliant, original material.