DAN PADILLA: Self-titled: CD

J. Wang (lead singer of Dan Padilla) is one of the most earnest people I’ve ever met, and it shows through in his lyrics: “A simple life should stand for something/ Don’t ask me what because I don’t know.” The approach of questioning (whether the realm is personal or global) without preaching a solution is refreshing. With songs ranging from the serious and political (“Fear and Tera and Scarlett O’Hara” and “We Run”) to the less serious “Shit’s Tight (their version of the Misfits’ “We Bite”) and a sound like Tiltwheel and Altaira (there are members of both in Dan Padilla) birthed their love child on the western shores of Florida, I can’t see how someone couldn’t find something not to like on this one. It makes me long for summer, slow days, and fast friends.

 –megan (A.D.D.)