HOLLOW POINTS: Annihilation: CD

I don’t get it. Everything about this band screams that I should loathe them. Shades of later Bad Religion abound, they’re sick with pop hooks, and yet I’ve adored them since the first time I heard “POW” on the Dirtnap Across the Northwest comp and I’ve spent the last year trying to figure out why. Aside from the fact that they manage to punch all the right buttons for me, I think what gets me more than anything else is that they sound authentic in ways that even bands like Bad Religion don’t anymore. The lyrics are solid, they sound like they mean it, man, and they play with a level of conviction that’s rare these days. I have little doubt this’ll make a few top ten lists this year, and rightly so.

 –jimmy (Dirtnap)