CALEB LIONHEART: Climbing Up a Mountain, Just for the View: CD

Politically and socially aware pop punk is still pop punk. And that means it comes with all the baggage that pop punk normally comes with. With the exception of some bands that meld other styles with their poppyness, most pop punk bands just come off sounding weak. And despite their passion for the subjects they’re singing about, Caleb Lionheart (which is the name of the band, not just one person) still seems to lack the energy and intensity I’d prefer when I hear about subjects like poverty and inequality and see pictures of guitarists rocking out and lead singers shirtless and sweaty at a basement show.

 –kurt (