DEARLY DIVIDED: Self-titled: CD

This four-piece EastBay punk band apes all their local predecessors along with MXPX and some old Fat Wreck acts. The eleven-song, thirty-three minutes of music on this self-titled album is all too reminiscent of the melodic pop punk the BMX kids were listening to in my high school in the mid-’90s. I thought the vast majority of those bands were boring. I wanted to listen to punk and hardcore bands from the late 1970s and early ‘80s—give me something with some aggression and power, or, barring that, something with a little emotion. I still feel that way when I listen to Dearly Divided. 

 –kurt (Morning Wood)