REVIEW: What Happened?: This Is Our Life

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CoverAnother great John Wilkes Booth Records release, this one took me totally by surprise I basically bought it because John Wilkes Booth has a pretty good track record for their releases what I got pretty much just blew me away. ‘This Is Our Life’ is an incredible pop punk EP with five great songs, more than a few of which remind me of Jawbreaker, but with more pop injected into them. These songs just get better and better as you go on, except for maybe the first track because that’s just the best one on here. If you like pop punk in the vein of Jawbreaker don’t fuck up and miss out on this one.

1. My Favorite Sound
2. Reading
3. I Trusted Andy Koufman
4. Every Jacket Is Two Jackets
5. Gamorrean Guards

REVIEW: Tiny Fighting Trees: Bath Salts

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CoverTiny Fighting Trees is now on Hiatus but before they left they dropped this EP, and it’s quite excellent. The band released and album not long ago, it was really good but this EP is head and shoulders above it. It’s got a sound that’s a combination pop punk and 90′s punk. The first song ‘Those Skull Bong Rules Earth! Punks Are Mysterious’ isn’t even a minute long but it gets stuck in my head all the time. The second song ‘Hey, Butthole!’ is maybe the true gem of the EP, this song alone makes me really bummed that the band is calling it quits, but hopefully that’s just a ‘for now’ deal. ‘Apologies to Plow United’ there’s no mistaking where some of the band’s influences come from; they do an ace job of nailing it too. The last song ‘Puke Angel Pt. 4′ ends it a little bit weak but it’s still a pretty good song, it just doesn’t quite hit the heights of the rest of this thing. If you like the 90′s punk/pop punk check out the ‘Bath Salts’ EP, you can snag it from their bandcamp.

 

 

 

  1. Those Skull Bong Rules Earth! Punks Are Mysterious
  2. Hey, Butthole!
  3. Apologies to Plow United
  4. Puke Angel Pt. 4

Get it from Tiny Fighting Trees HERE

REVIEW: Not Yet!: It’s A Small World, Alcohol

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CoverThis is Not Yet!’s first release, and it’s a pretty damn impressive one. You get pop punk in the vein of Rational Anthem, Dear Landlord and Off With Their Heads. The only bad thing I can say about this is its only four songs, way less than I want. Every one of these songs are great, they’re written well and played just as good. The man behind the band Jose, is a pretty great dude and I think it really comes through listening to these songs. I’d already rank Not Yet! up pretty high on the list of currently running pop punk bands, and as you may know that’s a tough list to get highly ranked on. You can get the CD from SP Records and if you’re a sick fuck that likes tapes John Wilkes Booth Records has them too. If you like pop punk such as the above mentioned bands then don’t sleep on Not Yet!

1. East Bay Breeze
2. Pointless
3. Cincinnati Agony
4. Westbound Sign

Get it from Not Yet! HERE

REVIEW: V/A: Sea Creatures No. 1

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sea_creaturesThis is the first compilation/four band split 7″ in a series from Merman Records. If the first volume is a good indication this should be a great series, however this did come out a while ago and I haven’t seen a second one, hopefully we get one soon. We’ve got bands from all over here New Brunswick and Toronto are represented on Side A, LA and the Windy City on the B. Before we even start on the music that’s in this thing you’re going to notice the cover, it’s pretty great artwork done by billythespacekid.com I fucking love the cover art for this. Two of these bands I’m real familiar with, the other two, not so much. The first one is one I know well, Fear of Lipstick they’ve got a fast catchy song pop punk that I think is the best one on this thing. The Roman Line is a band I hadn’t listened to too much of, this song is really good though. It reminds me of the Slow Death a little bit. Regal Beagle is the other band on here I know well, very Queers/Ramones type surf pop punk stuff. This song is no exception; it’s a surf pop party song, a lot of fun and pretty great. And closing out is The Neutron Bombs, a band that I don’t think I’d ever even heard before. They sound like a band that’s been around way longer than they have, like someone that should be touring with The Damned. The song they have on here is pretty decent, it’s my least favorite on this thing but it’s still really good. So through and through you’ve got four really great songs for one small price with a great package, you really can’t go wrong with this thing.

 

 

 

Side A

  1. Fear of Lipstick – Did Ya Know?
  2. The Roman Line – Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease

 

Side B

  1. Regal Beagle – Party Again
  2. The Neutron Bombs – Not Listening

Get it from Merman Records HERE

REVIEW: The Manges: Plan Honolulu – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Adobe Photoshop PDFThe new 7″ from The Manges comes from One Chord Wonder records. It’s just two songs but it’s two of the best songs that The Manges have put out in a while. These songs have reenergised how much I like this band, espically ‘I’m Giving Up’. They’re a couple of quick catchy pop punk tunes with a bit of that Queers surfy sound hanging around in there. If you want a copy don’t sleep too long, they’re only doing three hundred of these, fifty of them are a limited edition blue with a different color.

 

1. Plan Honolulu
2. I’m Giving Up

Get it from One Chord Wonder Records HERE

REVIEW: Lili Champ: XYZ

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CoverLili Champ has release a four song EP on their bandcamp. While it may take me a little bit longer to beable to sing along (these songs are not in English) that isn’t a problem. They’re so catchy you can jam to them even if you don’t know what exactly you’re listening to. Lili Champ is a great band that doesn’t get enough recognition and releases like ‘XYZ’ just keep proving that more people should be listening to this.

1. Hasta Pronto
2. Andes
3. El Ancla
4. En Órbita

Get it from Lili Champ HERE

REVIEW: Beach Slang: Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?

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Beach SlangEvery few years there seems to be the new band that everybody loses their minds over. This year there seems to be two bands doing that, Earth Girls and Beach Slang. Both great bands and seem to have the stuff to be around. But this is clearly about Beach Slang so let’s talk about them. If you like Mega City Four, Jawbreaker or Superchunk you should be listening to Beach Slang. It’s as simple as that. They’ve got all the great power pop/punk/rock mix that makes those bands great and they do it just as well themselves. Beach Slang isn’t some carbon copy Xerox band though; they’ve got their own thing going. In a time where everybody posts what they’re jamming to on Facebook it’s pretty evident that Beach Slang is a hit, either that or I just hang out with people that have impeccable taste because just about everyone seems to be rocking this band. When you hear one or two people talking up a band you might check it out but Beach Slang seem to be growing a nice little following in a very short period of time and I’ll say that these people know what the fuck is up. This is one of the best EP’s I’ve heard this year and it still gets pretty constant rotation. It’s the kind of record where you get bummed that it’s only four songs, but then it’s cool because you realize you can just listen to it on repeat. Don’t sleep on this one or you’ll miss out on some great stuff.

1. Filthy Luck
2. Kids
3. Get Lost
4. Punk Or Lust

Get it from Dead Broke Rekords HERE

Get it from Drunken Sailor Records HERE

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