DAZES, THE / WIMPYS, THE: Greetings from Japan: 7″

I love Japanese punk rock. They do the world’s music perfectly, but make it their own and sometimes do it even better than anyone else. The Dazes sound like Puffy Ami Yummy minus the power pop and add the underground sensibilities of Buck and a few surfin’ to the oldies guitar and bass solos. They definitely deliver super duper catchy music and have an especially super yummy harmony section in their song, “Heart on My Bumper.” While the Wimpys might not be yummy, their singer’s name is Yummy, so that makes it all good, right? Their first track is a total Beach Boys style ditty, and their second song a Ramones cover. Good schtuff.

 –mrz (It’s Alive)