THE MUFFS:Blonder And Blonder

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This is the Muffs second, and best-selling album, now remastered and with seven bonus songs included, five previously unreleased as well as notes from the band. The sound is crisper and the added tracks add to the album and give some insight to what they were up to at that time.

The album is a 90s punk staple in my house and should be one in yours too, with its tight playing and sharp lyrics. The songs are fast, catchy and full of energy, so much more fulfilling than the pop punk that is out there today. What the hell happened to that style of music? Anyways, this has hit written all over it and they deservedly had the biggest selling album with this amazing album. The crunchy guitars, the assured, yet manic vocals, and clean sounding drums still hold up after all these years. I remember getting this album when it first came out and playing it a lot, but this really takes it up a notch with the improved sound. This hook laden album has been mostly left behind by kids nowadays, but really needs to be heard and loved all over again. The album has intricate playing mixed with the quick and furious songs, and also the clear production helps add to the mix.

If you haven’t heard them before, grab this album and turn it up loud, be proud of your new-found favorite album, and if you are a fan from the old days, play the hell out of the album too. The album is a definite must have in your collection, so stop wasting time and get a copy today.

https://www.facebook.com/TheMuffsMusic/

https://www.facebook.com/omnivorerecordings

http://omnivorerecordings.com/

 

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RANSOM PRICE: My Kidnap Money: CD

Ransom Price, hails from the Philadelphia suburbs of southern New Jersey, was founded in December 2012 by Mike Ransom, formerly a member of 90s punk band Point Blank, and by former Endless Sacrifice drummer Chris Mazure. Ransom Price plays catchy and melodic punk rock that is guaranteed to stick with you long after the first time you hear it.

Well I grabbed this CD and took a look at the cover and got scared, it looks like a touchy-feelie band playing emo/acoustic crap, that is until you notice the bloodstains on the shirt…hmmmmmm. So I threw it on and was surprised by the melodic punk that has a nice hint of pop to it, but not that crappy pop punk that is everywhere now. These guys play punk the way it was back in the ’90s with just enough sweetness, but not enough to put you into a diabetic coma. The songs are played tightly, with clear, crisp production, giving the songs a nice punch to them. The vocals are not too snotty, but they have a bit of an edge to them which adds to the overall feel of the songs, the band is on point, with the occasional gang vocal, chugging guitar playing with the riffs being spare, but well done, strong bass playing and driving drumming. The songs are so melodic and catchy that it’s hard to pick favorites, but a few that stood out, at least on this play, are “Radar Contact Lost,” “Fire Escape,” “Another Day,” and “Drink.”

This shows that punk played with melody and some pop can work when done well, thank you for getting it right…hallelujah! An album that will sound great blasting from the windows of your house or car when the weather co-operates.

https://www.facebook.com/RansomPrice

https://www.facebook.com/unablerecords

http://www.unablerecords.com/index/

SAVE ENDS: Warm Hearts, Cold Hands: LP

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The Boston, MA five-piece band’s debut album has ten songs that will get in your head and grow until there is room for nothing except this album. The shared male and female vocals are such a treat on give the album nuances that are a pleasure to listen to.

This mix of pop punk and indie is a pleasure to hear from when the needle hits the vinyl right up until the last note has faded. The band plays their hearts out, and the vocals just grab you and sweep you off of your feet and take you on an exciting trip away from your troubles. This is the kind of album that when you’re listening to it, you can’t help break into a smile and feel good. This would fit perfectly into the scene of the mid ’90s, but don’t think of this as a retro album, no, it’s an album of energy and power that hits your soul and brings happiness into your day, kind of like a reminder of when things were easier or not so hectic before. The songs shimmer and they just make you want to listen to them over and over again.

This is the kind of band that I would drag everyone that I know to see live, and make them buy merch from them. This band deserves your attention and you need to do what you can to show them love.

https://www.facebook.com/SaveEnds  http://saveends.bandcamp.com/music

https://www.facebook.com/tinyengines  http://tinyengines.bandcamp.com/album/warm-hearts-cold-hands

http://tinyengines.limitedrun.com/

SIGNALS MIDWEST: Light On The Lake: LP

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These guys from Cleveland, OH play a mix of punk, pop punk, and post hardcore that blends together very well. We have twelve songs that showcase the emotive vocals and energetic playing of people who really enjoy what they are doing and it shows so well on this album.

The pacing of the album gives you the ragers and the softer moments to give you a break, the sharp hooks come at you one after another, and the high level of musicianship gives this album a head up over other bands who struggle through their own albums. The vocals have a nice range of being smooth to becoming louder and more manic, the bass playing is a highlight, especially on “The Desert To Denver” which is a favorite of mine, the drumming is devastating and the guitar playing really shines as well.

This is an album that will shake up your expectations and worm its way into your head after one listen. This is one terrific album that just gets better the more that you listen to it.

https://www.facebook.com/signalsmidwest  http://signalsmidwest.bandcamp.com/album/light-on-the-lake

https://www.facebook.com/tinyengines  http://tinyengines.bandcamp.com/

http://tinyengines.limitedrun.com/

TEEN AGERS: I Hate It: CD

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These four guys from Orlando, FL are not teenagers anymore, but that doesn’t stop them from spilling all the angst one has at that time in their life on their debut full length album. Ten high energy punk songs with just enough pop to smooth over the rough edges, but not make things too sugary sweet.

The band comes out ready to get you up out of your seat and get you rocking out, always a good way to start off your album with a killer tune. The band keeps the pace going through out the ten songs with a slight cool down in speed on the middle of the album, but not slow songs, just a tad slower, but still ass kicking all the same. Lots of manic riffage, throbbing bass lines, solid drumming and vocals with a hint of snottiness add up to a winning combination.

The clear production really lets the band shine and the songs are strong and stand up to repeated listening. Repeated listening seems to be what they were shooting for and it worked in spades.

https://www.facebook.com/Teen.AgersFL  http://anchorlessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/i-hate-it

https://www.facebook.com/AnchorlessRecords  http://anchorlessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/i-hate-it

THE FAKE BOYS: This Is Where Our Songs Live: CD

This trio from Lowell, MA play poppy, upbeat, melodic punk rock that will get stuck in your head and try as you might to beat it out of you, you’re stuck with it for life.

Short fast songs that hit you one after another and don’t give yo a chance to catch your breath. The vocals are sincere, with clever and catchy lyrics that will have you singing along within the first listen. Song after song of high-energy and tight playing makes this stand out of the pack of other bands that mine this area, these guys are the real deal.

You will find your favorite song on here and possibly your new favorite bad as well, so go out and grab a copy and have a party courtesy of these talented guys.

https://www.facebook.com/thefakeboys  http://thefakeboys.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-where-our-songs-live

http://arrestrecordsnh.com/site/  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arrest-Records/117569018270903

THE RAGING NATHANS: Self-titled: 7″

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This punk band from Dayton, OH has put out seven short poppy punk rock songs with snotty vocals and hooks galore.

Lots of bouncing bass, nice leads, and driving drums on these catchy songs that will leave you wanting more. The songs are all under two minutes and don’t feel like they are rushed, but complete songs that will get stuck in your head for days. Basically, if you are a fan of THE QUEERS, you will love this, especially if you like the stuff that THE QUEERS put out before they really went into the pop pool.

A great single that got a ton of plays in my house and if you get it, you won’t be able to stop playing it either. I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.

https://www.facebook.com/TheRagingNathans  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rad-Girlfriend-Records/200258046719162

http://radgirlfriendrecords.bigcartel.com/  http://radgirlfriendrecords.bandcamp.com/