I still buy Vans. There is a Vans outlet in my local mall and every year I suck it up and go in to get a couple of pairs of shoes. The only real decision I have to make is which combination of black, blue, or grey to get. When you are in the Vans store, there is an endless loop of band videos playing on a monitor hanging over your head. The loop alternates between the screaming metal bands with rap or emo choruses and non-descript pop punk bands like The Hollowpoints. These guys are extremely competent. The singer sings well. The riffs are produced. Very professional. Very uninteresting to me. When I was a kid, I hated when old punks dismissed the bands I like, so if this is what the kids are into, then these guys do it well. The songs are at the speed of NOFX without the advanced sense of humor. There is not much there for me. You lousy kids, your music all sounds the same.
–Billups Allen (Sailor’s Grave)