APOCALYPSE MEOW/ RATIONAL ANTHEM: DIY Pharmacy: Split: 7″

On this split, Apocalypse Meow has that early ‘90s preppy punk feel to their sound. Imagine a modern day Nerf Herder. Out of their three songs, “DIY Pharmacy” stands out the most for its quirky lyrics: “Every little pill’s got ten side effects and every side effect needs a bigger fucking pill.” Rational Anthem’s recordings feels forced compared to their other 7” splits. I’m not a big production snob, but the drums sound like they were recorded in a cardboard box and the bass is so trebly it doesn’t even sound mic-ed. Rational Anthem is a snotty, sappy, pop punk band with OC-style breakdown guitar riffs, but the lo-fi aesthetics don’t seem to compliment their style. Thumbs up to Traffic Streetfor putting out some great pop punk 7”s lately, but, on the whole, this was a lackluster release.

 –N.L. Dewart (Traffic Street)