DIRT BIKE ANNIE/THE POPSTERS: The Ellis Island Rendezvous: Split CD

I’m a sucker for Dirt Bike Annie. Their songs are so poppy and infectious and fun that, even when they sing about being afraid of dying, it puts me in a good mood. DBA have eight new songs on this split (at least I think the songs are new. I haven’t seen them on any other release, with the exception of the live versions of “Next Time” and “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things,” which are on Sweatin’ to the Oldies), and they’re every bit as cool as I’d hope. I’ve been listening to their half of the split a lot. To be honest, though, I keep turning the CD off when The Popsters come on. Not that The Popsters are bad. I usually get two or three songs into their half of this split before I think to myself, why am I listening to generic pop punk? Then, I get up and start looking for a new album to play.

 –sean (Stardumb)