COMMON RIDER: Am I on My Own: 7″

In case you don’t know, Common Rider is Jesse Michaels’ band, and Jesse Michaels was the singer of Operation Ivy. They put out a full length album a couple of years ago, and I think the album irritated a lot of Op Ivy fans. Personally, I liked it, but I think the heavy ska (not ska-punk; ska) and soul influences turned off a lot of people. With this seven inch, though, Jesse is getting closer to his punk roots. The bounce and pogo are strong in the grooves of this record. The songs are tight and faster than the ones on the full length Common Rider album. Op Ivy fans will be happy. This is good stuff.

 –sean (Lookout)