BOUNCING SOULS: How I Spent My Summer Vacation: CD

Jeez, the last thing I heard from these guys was “The Good, the Bad and the Argyle” album, which was their first, I believe. Well, they’ve benefited well from Epitaph’s inflated recording budget, but their quality of songs hasn’t bettered over the years. They take stabs at the stereotypical terrace chant sing-along sound that so many of the label’s other bands fail at, and they end up sounding just as hollow and unmotivated as all the others. Worst of all, there’s no standout song, like “Quotes from Our Favorite 80s Movies” on “Argyle,” unless you count “True Believers,” which is such a rip off of the Ramones’ “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” that you can’t help but feel embarrassed for them. While I can’t say this is the worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life, it wasn’t too impressive, either.

 –jimmy (Epitaph)