FRIENDLY FIRE / BOUND TO BOLT: Dog Years: Split cassette

Friendly Fire’s side is filled with four high-energy emo pop numbers, in the vein of Jawbreaker. This is by no means corporate music and their side of the tape is entertaining but…all the over-dramatic heart-on-your-sleeve-isms did get tiring by the final track. Bound To Bolt’s side of the tape is hook-laced indie rock. It’s full of quirky, free-spirited sing-a-longs the last of which, “Springfield,” makes me smile every time I listen to it. It’s just silly, stupid, lighthearted, fun.

 –N.L. Dewart (myspace.com/friendlyfireva / www.myspace.com/boundtobolt)