BRAT PACK: Stupidity Returns: CD

The eleven tracks here demonstrate this Netherlands band is well versed in the beach and sun-addled sounds of modern Southern California hardcore. The tempos are, for the most part, zippy and the poppy sheen that makes bands like The Offspring is very much in evidence. The European punk sensibilities shine through, however, in the lyrics, which are markedly more substantive in thought and execution than most bands pandering to the types of punters who dig this sound. Can’t say it completely worked for me, but there’s no denying they do what they do well.

 –jimmy (Shield)