It seems like anytime I listen to a new record these days, my head fills up with band names – that is, the names of the bands whose sound has been looted by the band I’m presently listening to. I don’t know if that says something about the current state of punk, or if it’s just a sad commentary on the typical Reviewer’s Mindset. Probably both – and an ugly 69 position it is. When I listen to Almost There, I hear Bad Religion, SNFU, and the Lillingtons. That bugged me at first, but then the catchiness of the music took over and I didn’t mind it so much. Safe, but not bad. I like the fast stuff best. Imagine that.
–aphid (Bitch Slap)