ERGS!, THE: Ben Kweller: 12”EP

I’m not going to deny that The Ergs are easily one of, if not my favorite, band over the past few years, so getting a copy of this reissue (it was previously only available on CD), I was a different kind of excited, because I knew I love this record, but it’s still kind of like listening to it for the first time. To me, this is great because it’s got so much of the trademark Erg-isms that made me love them in the first place: the dorky “here’s music we love” references (title track/“When Your Squeeze”), quick, thrashy songs (“Million Perfect Days”/ “Nambla Grey Area”), and straight-up great pop punk songs like “Ashley Sugarnotch.” Yeah, this rules.

 –joe (Freedom School)