EX BOYFRIENDS / RAD COMPANY: Hold My Glasses: LP

Ex-Boyfriends: What’s the word when a band reminds you of a million things, but you can’t call any of the influences dominant? Ex-Boyfriends are a melting pot of pop punk. I can hear The Ergs!, MTX, Screeching Weasel, all the classics and quite a few more. Their constant tempo shifts and reliance on dual vocal lines in choruses is very akin to the ‘90s, with moments of the record even bringing up the dreaded Blink-182 comparison. Or, wait; is it cool like Blink-182 now? A solid use of half an LP. Rad Company: Kind of reminds me of Fear Of Lipstick or Delay. They fit in with that general brand of pop punk that wouldn’t seem so out of place on Plan-It X Records. (Do not confuse that last sentence with one that compares this band to the Bananas.) Some of the backup vocals feel out of place on their side of the LP, giving the songs a feeling that they are a bit too overwritten. They could suffer to use a little more quality control.

 –Bryan Static (Rad Girlfriends, radgirlfriendrecords.com)