DRUNK-DIAL: Self-titled: 7”

Oakland-based, Bay Area-sounding, pop punk that’s heavily influenced by American Steel and Jawbreaker. Like American Steel, they’re gritty enough so I can appreciate them for the rock they bring, in spite of my general hatred of pop punk. As someone who is experiencing depression more often than not, I’m critical of the self-pitying and defeatist lyrics in Drunk-Dial’s songs. It’s not to say I don’t, at times, relate or think an artist should repress how they feel. I just have more respect for fighting upstream against that flow of thought—even if it’s in your own head—rather than giving into it… to be an arrow and a longing for Superman. Whatever… this was a good record. 

 –Craven Rock (Fuck Your Life, [email protected])