Ride Your Bike from Santa Monica, California are an interesting beast, sounding nothing like anything Deep Elm records have previously put out, with eccentric intrumentalisation and a distinctly pop feel, I haven’t been able to stop listening to this of late.
Its not often I see a show advertised on a large poster and decide that I have to go, then again it can’t be often that Citizen Fish are directly below the Fun Lovin’ Criminals on such a poster, I should’ve known straight away that The Great Wreck ‘n’ Roll Circus was going to be anything other than an ordinary night.
The Cold Beat from Boston, Massachusetts bring an impressively powerful brand of songsmanship to the punk rock table. Serving up a mixture of chunky and delicate riffs which intervolve and intertwine, driving songs that sound like a wonderful mixture of Chillerton and Serf Combat with a scattering of pop hooks that never are in detriment to the record’s rock’n'roll integrity.
On a greyhound bus, rolling on a dusty highway towards fest 7, I had little to distract myself from the trees and tarmac flying past me through the windows other than the humid, rusty tasting air. It was around then that I, In anticipation of the weekend ahead, listened to the official fest 7 comp for the first time, and amongst the familiar names (Paul Baribeau, Worn In Red, The Tim Version) one band I hadn’t previously heard caught my attention more than any other, the upbeat pop punk of ‘Dear Landlord’. I instantly declared myself a fan.
This is a fun, if unessential EP. Each of the songs is interesting in it’s own way, the lyrics are a tad repetitive, but the pop hooks are razor sharp.
In the split seconds before I first hear a band, whilst my desired to press the ‘play’ button is being relayed through my synapses, but hasn’t yet been pressed, I often will draw up a subconsious criteria, boxes that, if ticked, will result in a positive review.
‘one hundred faces’ is the second full band release from Neil Sutherland, and is part of a joint release, with the other CD ‘Two Whistles and a Hum’ that more closely resembles his first release, which was a split with PJ & Gaby.
In 2007 MC Eyedea formed a rock band, Carbon Carousel, and relased “The Some of All Things or: The Healing Power of Scab Picking”, an album I hoped would combine Eyedea’s trademark lightning fast trought provoking raps with a backing track that more closely resmbled the majority of my music collection. Though, in reality, Carbon Carousel turned out to be a rather dissapointing musical outing. However, come summer 2009 I got the guitar driven album i’d been waiting for.
Southport and The Leif Ericsson have both been playing punk rock for atleast as long as I’ve been into the genre, and when i consider all the bands that have come and go in the as the years have gone by, it is encouraging to hear how vital they both manage to sound on this 7″.
I may as well divulge that Folk The System play poppy folk-punk in the vein of Ghost Mice and many of their Plan-It-X contemporaries, but I’d stop drastically short of proclaiming this a simple imitation, because this CD is much, much more.