During the grunge explosion of the early ‘90s, drummer Marshall Verdoes was still just a twinkle in his father’s eye. At only 13 years old, Verdoes, along with his older brother Benjamin and a few friends, are bringing back the rock to Seattle, a city now best known as the home of folk-heroes Fleet Foxes. This isn’t to say Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band sound like a grunge band, as the group’s eclecticism is more typical of 21st-century indie pop. Many of the songs feature sudden rhythmic shifts, such as “Masquerade,” which begins as a full-throttle rocker before suddenly morphing into a woozy waltz-time chorus with sea shanty backing vocals. Similarly, “Going on a Hunt” begins with spiky Hot Hot Heat-inspired riffing, before slowing to a near stand-still during the bridge. The band have a penchant for winding, harmonized guitar leads, but these are delivered with a jittery urgency that is more punk than prog. This restlessness makes MSHVB a lot of fun, but the group sound best when they scale back the weirdness and focus on the hooks. The opening track, “Who’s Asking,” is the most straight-forward on the album, and its sugary falsetto chorus is the band’s most memorable moment. Many listeners are bound to get distracted by the novelty of a 13-year-old kid behind the drum kit, especially since Verdoes is better than your average rock drummer. But MSHVB have more to offer than a gimmick, especially if the group focuses their songwriting chops on future albums.