SHOWS I SEEN: BraceFace/Beatnik Termites/The Dewtons/Trashkanistan (last show!) – March 7, 2014 – The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD

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The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
Friday, March 7, 2014

This is being written while still covered in beer and sweat and the hangover starting to set in. All thanks to the following:

Trashkanistan – Possibly the most fun band Baltimore has to offer…and now they’re gone. If you say you didn’t have fun seeing Trashkanistan at any point, my only guess would be that you were in a coma at that time. Though even in a coma I’d have to assume you’d have a blast seeing this band. Always fun beyond expectations with a song catalog that’s pretty much hit after hit they went out there for their last show and again showed how great of a band they are/were. This is the most fun I’ve had since Insub Fest, it was a fucking blast. If you missed this set tonight you missed an incredible time. I’ll miss this band a bunch but if you’ve gotta go it may as well be after a set like this.

The Dewtons – The Dewtons are always pretty fun to see. They’re not my favorite band but they’ve got some good songs and always a lot of energy so I guess really there’s not much more you can ask from a band.

Beatnik Termites – It was really fucking weird seeing a basically completely new lineup from Beatnik Termites. The only one I recognize now is Pat. But that’s not too bad because they still sound great. It’s always fun seeing the Beatnik Termites, and if I ever say different punch me in the face.

BraceFace – I’ve seen BraceFace a bunch of times. They’re one of the better Baltimore bands and they’re really fucking good. And even with that this was still one of; if not the best time I’ve seen them. Their songs are great and they put on a fun show, there’s not much more you can ask for. Though I guess if you’re going to be a jerk and demand more, there’s always th

REVIEW: Prabu Pramayougha: WAH!

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CoverPrabu Pramayougha (formally of Saturday Night Karaoke) is back with another fucking great EP. Prabu has a great form of pop punk that’s equally as good as many of the best bands from the past ten years of pop punk, this one seems to have a little bit of a 90’s sound to it too though. Pretty simple songs that are catchy as fuck are going to have you listening to this a lot. There are the short songs (the first two, one of which being under thirty seconds) and the longer ones (the last two, the last one is over five minutes) and it all evens out. I hope the next release we get from Prabu Pramayougha is an album or at least a longer EP because I can’t get enough of this stuff.

1. Exp #48: How To Execute A Mushy Tune Abruptly
2. SSFLMD Numero Quatro
3. Keep On Dancing!
4. E.C.D.T.

Get it from Prabu Pramayougha HERE

REVIEW: Parasites / BraceFace / Jetty Boys / Outrights 4-way split 7″

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CoverHere’s a 7″ record that I was pretty excited for, a four way split between the Parasites, BraceFace, Jetty Boys and Outrights. It comes by way of Eccentric Pop records and features a new song by each band! The Outrights are the only band I hadn’t heard of on here. Their song ‘Let’s Dance’ is a pretty rad rock/power pop song though there’s not a lot to the lyrics besides the song title. The Jetty Boys always with their long songs have the longest on this with ‘Stranger’ but it’s also super fucking catchy like their songs also are. I really don’t know how they do it, normally with a pop punk song over two minutes they don’t hold up too well but the Jetty Boys do it every time. Though the real gem of this record is the other side, it’s got the paring of the legendary Parasites and local (for me) pop punkers BraceFace! The Parasites song ‘Never Mean That Much To You’ is incredible, I love the new footing the band got when they released ‘Solitary’ and this song is one that would fit perfectly on there. This is by far the best song on here. Finally we’ve got BraceFace with ‘Cold Feet’ you’d think following the Parasites would be a disadvantage but BraceFace steps up to the plate with the second best song on the record. This one goes in my BraceFace top five. If you haven’t gotten into these guys yet you need to jump on that shit. Listening to them back to back with a band like the Parasites really shows you how good they are. So what’s not to like about this record? Four new and great songs by four rad bands go buy it.

1. Parasites – Never Mean That Much To You
2. BraceFace – Cold Feet
3. The Outrights – Let’s Dance
4. Jetty Boys – Stranger

Get it from Eccentric Pop Records HERE

SHOWS I SEEN: City Mouse/The Headies/Bummers – November 7, 2013 – Bummers beach house – Newark, DE

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Bummers beach house – Newark, DE
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bummers – Bummers are always great, they’ve got a full band now and they continue to kick ass every time I hear or see them. They did a Jawbreaker cover at this show too, solid set as always.

City Mouse – This was my third or fourth time seeing City Mouse but it was also by far the best City Mouse set I’ve seen. They were really really great and played just about all of my favorite songs. I think they may have hit a new level of greatness.

The Headies – The Headies were the Headies, great as always and they’re always a blast to see. I really cannot praise this band enough!

REVIEW: Skinny Genes: Meh

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CoverSkinny Genes is a very highly anticipated band for a lot of pop punk enthusiasts, it’s the band of Ace. You know, the guy from the Steinways and House Boat that has a few songs but they’re really great and you wish he had his own band. Well now he’s got his own band and it’s about as great as you’d expect it to be. ‘Meh’ instantly won me over with a Simpsons reference then kept my favor with five fucking great songs. These aren’t just Steinways or House Boat songs by Ace; the entire band has a different sound than those previous ones (though nothing drastic). Anyone that’s a fan of pop punk needs to own this, it’s so fucking great. Out on Bloated Kat Records so go buy it now. Right now.

1. Old Man Yells At Cloud
2. Comfortably Dumb
3. No Service
4. Worst
5. Mansion Shack Apartment House

Get it from Bloated Kat Records HERE

REVIEW: The Punchlines: It Ain’t Funny

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CoverSomewhere between stand-up comedy and pop punk band there is The Punchlines. Members of The Strait A’s/The Turkletons they got jokes and jokes and jokes. This 7″ has ten “songs” none of which I think are over a minute. They’re pretty much just one liners and simple jokes turned into songs. I’m not sure if you’d go and call this a gimmick band but if you want to I’ll allow it. The most important thing is that everything on here is pretty great. I can see how some soulless people may not be into this but as a fan of jokes and pop punk I’m totally down with this record. It’s out on Bloated Kat Records, as if any pop punk 7″ wouldn’t be. Go buy it; it’s cheaper than going to a comedy club, though there may still be a two drink minimum.

1. About Halfway
2. The Bartender Gives It To Her
3. Brooklyn, They’re Everywhere
4. None
5. He Turned His Car Into a Driveway
6. Make Me One With Everything
7. 40 Dollars (Why Do You Need 30 Dollars?) (Here’s Your 20 Dollars)
8. They Do It Together (But I Don’t Know How They Get Inside)
9. Scottie Poopin
10. Why The Big Pause?

Get it from Bloated Kat Records HERE

REVIEW: Candy Hearts: Miles & Interstates

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CoverCandy Hearts went big time and have joined Bridge Nine Records, for some reason B9 seems to be signing a number of pop punk bands recently, at least they’ve got some good taste. Miles & Interstates isn’t only a Bridge Nine endeavor though; Violently Happy Records also has a hand in this one. None of that should influence your decision to buy the record though; all that really matters is if you like the Candy Hearts. I’d be a little confused if your answer to that was no because they’ve got it all going, catchy great songs that you can listen to a thousand times and not get sick of them. Miles & Interstates is another example of that especially since this has the same song twice (basically). First we’ve got ‘Miles & Interstates’ you’re standard incredible catchy Candy Hearts song, it’s really fucking good guys. Then we get the acoustic version of ‘Miles & Interstates’ it’s also a really great version but after hearing the full band version it really sounds like it’s missing something. Still, it seems like all Candy Hearts songs would translate to acoustic very well and this is just an example of that. Finally closing out the short EP the band covers a Descendents song ‘Nothing With You’, the Descendents cover was a bit of a shock; honestly I expected it to be way better. It’s (mostly) acoustic and it’s pretty good but I was expecting some greatness, still it came out alright. Overall the Miles & Interstates EP is pretty good, personally I’d recommend listening to it backwards (B side first) because the normal version of Miles and Interstates is the best song by far on here but all of it is pretty solid.

1. Miles and Interstates
2. Miles and Interstates (Acoustic)
3. Nothing With You (Descendents Cover)

Get it from Candy Hearts HERE

Get it from Bridge Nine Records HERE

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