HOLY MESS, THE: Self-titled: CD

I seriously don’t know whether it’s the mood I’m in lately, or that I somehow lucked into a small knot of above average poppy punk stuff, but this falls definitely within said knot. The feel is more mid/late-’90s or maybe even early 00s, with “whoahs” in effect with guitars more in barre chord mode instead of the odd fingering currently in vogue. Can’t say I’m all that hip to the perpetually strained vocals, but more often than not they work in the context of the songs, which themselves are pretty well thought out with interesting changes and hooks aplenty.

 –jimmy (Red Scare)