With Dillinger Escape Plan tear-assing through topographic oceans, Black Dice casting hardcore nightmares as tangerine dreams, and Mars Volta whipping about at 2,112 mph, the schism betwixt punk and prog seems lately to be a nonissue—as if Johnny Rotten traipsed around with a T-shirt reading "Fine, I Guess Pink Floyd Is OK After All." But Gold Standard Labs, the indie imprint co-owned by Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, is the bold antithesis to Volta's labyrinthine concept-rock—a label of spontaneous no-fi noiseniks throwing their art against the wall, seeing if it sticks, and then attempting to fashion careers out of... More >>>