GIBBONS, THE: Self-titled: 7″

Young kids from the east side of Detroit. Pop punk mixed with politics has seen a much worse fate, but this isn’t yet crucial listening. The nasal vocals and pretty standard beats remind me of a less compelling Powerbait-era Digger mixed with a less lyrically savvy Connie Dungs. Still, they give it a shot, don’t go for the cheapest of shots and riffs, and spark some promise to their next release.

 –todd (Salinas / Neon Boombox)