BRICK MOWER: My Hateable Face: LP

Underdog pop punk from Jersey with self-deprecating lyrics about cigarettes and loneliness. The songs are midtempo and pound, thanks to a strong rhythm section. Choice song titles include “Frozen Firecracker” and “Cheap Gasoline.” If you told me that I saw this band with Plow United and Garden Variety in that sweet part of the mid ‘90s when Green Day had already made everyone like pop punk, but Blink 182 hadn’t yet brought it to Party of Five, I’d totally believe you.

 –guest (Don Giovanni)