ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH CRUNCH: Vicious Fishes: Cassette

This is the only tape I have ever gotten for review, and that fact endeared this band to me greatly. Make no mistake: this is not a home-recorded Memorex, but an actual, factual tape with the band name printed on the cassette and everything. How often do you see that? I was delighted when I popped the tape in and found it was actually good to boot. Solid, no-frills, shouty punk with a rootsy sensibility, if not an actual folk sound. The insert from their label calls them folk punk but I wouldn’t go that far. There’s a bit of that early Against Me! flavor, but this is way more melodic and happy. They cover the Friends theme song, for pete’s sake. And it works.

 –Sarah Shay (Dead Tank)