DEEMED USELESS: Self-titled: CD-R

What are the odds of all of the songs on a pop punk demo breaking the three-minute mark? Seriously, one is a mind-crushing 4:49. That would be “Sweetheart,” which spends a full thirty-five seconds showing off Deemed Useless’ harmonizing skills acapella. No surprise then that the “punk” part of the equation goes in quotation marks, because this is total pop, and not the good kind. The singer sounds a lot like Milo Aukerman on “Donkey Show,” but after that it’s all harmonies and emotional choruses and a friggin’ POWER BALLAD. Also, the lead guitarist is clearly a frustrated metal shredder stuck in an emo-pop gig.

 –guest (Self-released)