BLACK TIE OPERATION, THE: Self-titled: CD

From what I can make of the lyrics, they seem to vacillate between more serious subject matter to singin’ odes to half-baker’s dozens of bagels and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Their music mixes dashes of metal, ska, ‘80s hardcore, and Southern California punk into more modern punk sounds, which results in stylistic changes all over the place, sometimes mid-song, and keeps things interesting. –Jimmy Alvarado

 –jimmy (The Black Tie Operation, myspace.com/theblacktieoperation)