The Ghost Knife is one of the coolest and weirdest freshwater fish in the world, and apparently it is also one of the year’s better efforts in power pop punk. This band features members of J Church, Riverboat Gamblers, High Tension Wires, and so on—everyone punk already knows this by now, but I’ve been ignoring the hype because, honestly, I don’t know; people make mistakes. Now I know that Garrote Guarantee offers a little bit of everything (within the scope of the aforementioned power pop punk sphere). “R.C. Cola” kicks off into an irresistible chorus reminiscent of Alkaline Trio at their most gleefully poppy, and closer “I Know I Know” finishes off with equal firepower. In between, the band ventures into some swaggery garage rock and dancey indie pop, and pulls all of it off. Just weird enough to stay exciting, but infectious enough to win over devotees from nearly any scene. This is stellar.
–Indiana Laub (Twistworthy, [email protected], twistworthy.com)