Category Archives: pop punk

Review: Love and a .45 – Too Blonde For You

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Label: Cheapshock Records Released: November 5, 2007 Here’s a short list of some of the bands I can hear in Love and a .45’s music: Bad Religion, Rancid, Hole, Avail, Face to Face, a bit of the Replacements, even. The thing they all have in common is that they’re American. What’s odd is that Love and a .45 isn’t. They’re… Read more »

Lance Hahn RIP

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Lance Hahn of long underrated J Church passed away on October 21 due to complications from kidney disease. See to share remembrances of Lance and to find out how you can help his family who is faced with significant medical bills after his prolonged illness.

Review: Fell Far Behind – Reaching the Red Line

Label: self-released Released: September 18, 2007 There are bands that do most things right, but the few things they lack make all the difference between being good and lousy. Fell Far Behind is just such a band. They have many of the pieces in place: They’re tight, they understand hooks, they’re polished and the production on Reaching the Red Line… Read more »

Review: The Frantic – Audio & Murder

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Label: Sinister Muse Released: October 30, 2007 In the late 80s, whatever charm hair metal had a few years before was evaporating quickly. Most bands were more interested in fitting the mold than in breaking it. Yet there were still a few bands that worked the formula well enough that they were fun even if they were almost entirely meaningless…. Read more »

Review: Turbo Fruits

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Label: Ecstatic Peace Released: July 17, 2007 Most of Turbo Fruits’ self-titled album’s strengths and weaknesses can be summarized by simply reviewing one song, their cover of the MC5’s cover of “Ramblin’ Rose.” Both versions attempt to release enormous energy on the listener in the same way that an atomic bomb releases it’s energy on a target. It takes a… Read more »

Review: Foreign Born – On the Wing Now

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Label: Dim Mak Records Released: August 21, 2007 A lot of bands these days have been rehashing the 80s, but very few of them bring anything particularly new to the table. For me, it’s really dull to have your own teenage years spit back to you as if it’s new, so it’s refreshing to hear a band do something interesting… Read more »

Review: Verona Grove – The Story Thought Over

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Label: PRC/Universal Released: August 21, 2007 In 1999, A New Found Glory released Nothing Gold Can Stay, a sappy pop punk album that made me feel the pain of being 17 again. Sure, some of the lyrics were over-dramatic and the vocals were whiny, but the album connected with me even though it was written for kids ten or so… Read more »

Review: Watershed – Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust II

Label: Idol Records Release Date: September 11, 2007 As Watershed well knows, a live album is a difficult proposition. Their 1994 debut (on Epic Records) didn’t pan out the way I’m sure they’d hoped and now, 13 years later, they’re trying again. The real difficulty with live albums is that it’s hard to find that middle ground between too live,… Read more »