DECAY, THE: This Month’s Rent: CD

The Decay appears at first blush to play typically generic, sing-a-long melodic punk. But it doesn’t take long for this young Canadian band to grab you with their earnestness. It’s incredible to think of how many kids have recorded songs about being broke and punk over the years, yet The Decay still packs quite the punch. I’m rocking to and fro like the autistic audience in that old Billy Joel video as I’m grooving to these catchy tunes. Play This Month’s Rent and pretend you’re on a punk version of Silent Library in which the goal is not to smile. There’s no way you’ll make it two songs in before you’re grinning ear to fucking ear.

 –Art Ettinger (Juice Box, juiceboxdotcom.com)