ATOM-AGE, THE: The Hottest Thing That’s Cool: CD

New York’s all right if you like saxophones… only this is Berkley and there’s no sign of Lee Ving. The Atom-Age from Berkeley, CA comes from the John Reis RFTC school of vocals; power chord guitar melodies and those god damned ever-present saxophones. The stand out track “I’ve Been Thinking” moves away from the Reis-formula and reminds me of the ‘90s New Orleans garage rock band Royal Pendletons by leaning more towards catchy ‘60s frat rock. All of this isn’t to say The Atom-Age is bad at what they do, they’re not—however, at the end of the day, it’s just too derivative for me.

 –Mark Twistworthy (Asian Man)