1981, THE: Easy (It’s Not): Flexi 7”

Excellent debut track from Oakland’s own The 1981, featuring Adam Widener (of solo and Warm Soda fame) and Bobby Martinez from Circuits. The single’s only track is a monster. Mellow at the start until the song kicks in full-blown, showcasing the duo’s unassuming power. Fans of both punk and indie/Britpop-leaning stuff will eat this up. Catchy and upbeat with well-crafted lyrics, this track is worthy of the noteworthy plugs it’s received, including Billie Joe’s Spotify playlist. It’s difficult to pin point precisely what they sound like, but if you’re a fan of Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, this is right up your alley. –Steve Adamyk (Dandy Boy, the1981.bandcamp.com)