One song each from these pop punkers. The Credentials sound like ‘90s pop punk prior to the pop punk explosion at the end of that decade, with yelled scream-singing vocals and some guitar wankery. While the band clearly shows talent, I just wasn’t into it. The stripped-down garage rock-esque pop punk sound of Dead Uncles, on the other hand, is not only catchy, but stands out from other bands of the genre. The Dead Uncles track alone wouldn’t necessarily make me buy this record. For my money, I’d wait for another dedicated release from them.
–Paul J. Comeau (86’d)