Since its 2011 inception, Oakland, CA’s Acid Fast has proudly embraced its provincial roots, unabashedly following in the footsteps of East Bay punk torchbearers such as Jawbreaker, 50 Million and Blatz, just to name a few. The band’s captivating debut full length, Rabid Moon, is overflowing with chunky, riff-driven anthems, propulsive drumming and lyrics that fume angst-y dissent of the social, political and personal kind. Male/female vocals trade lead duties and also work in tandem for some unbelievably catchy earworms, and there’s a sublime tip-of-the-hat toward fuzzy, off-kilter guitar lines and sneaky rhythms characteristic of 90s stalwarts like Superchunk and The Breeders. Still, Rabid Moon truly shines because the band members are masters of restraint, build-up and, most importantly, the payoff. All the bombast of tracks such as opener “Tangle” and “New Paradigm Mind Reading Co.” wouldn’t mean nearly as much if the quartet didn’t know how to squeeze every last ounce of electricity from each note, or the best way to wrangle a song so it resonates long after the record ends. Acid Fast feels special not because of it’s wide array of touchstones but rather because the melding of those influences which make pigeonholing the band damn near impossible.