FIZZY POPS, THE / UP FOR NOTHING / CAFFIENDS: Split: 7”

Life-affirming, happy-as-fuck, 1990s-style pop punk in the vein of Squirtgun explodes from these three lovable bands from Florida, New York, and Illinois. I haven’t heard a better new pop punk record in some time. I’m literally dancing at the computer like a fucking idiot as I review this gem. Fans of quality underground, catchy pop punk like The Connie Dungs will go apeshit over these three brilliant bands. Six songs are crammed onto this gift of a 7”. The best track is “Productive” by Fizzy Pops, which has a White Trash Superman or Grumpies vibe. The co-opting of pop punk into the mainstream will never kill it in the underground as long as there are rad bands like these out there. The locals who get to see these groups regularly are living large, whether they know it or not. Have fun! I’m jealous.

 –Art Ettinger (Swamp Cabbage, swampcabbagerecords.com)