HOUSE BOAT: Processing Complaints: 7”

If you don’t like this record, then you probably don’t like pop punk, which means you’re probably reading Razorcake as part of a college research paper on subcultures. Either way, the facts are not in dispute. House Boat includes two members of the Steinways, Mikey Erg (of the Ergs, naturally), and Zach, who, depending on your frame of reference, could be referred to as a current member of Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord, or an ex-member of a band named after a book written by a steelworker. Your pick. Now here’s the part where I tell you what this sounds like. What do you think a band with members of all those bands sounds like? Yes, you are correct. It sounds sort of like all of those bands combined, which is a boring yet accurate way to describe this. A better way might be to say that if this were a cereal, it’d be Froot Loops with a few Lucky Charms thrown in for good measure. In other words, this is excellent pop punk of a non-bubblegum fashion, with lyrics about being sad. This is probably one of the best pop punk records you’re going to hear this year, unless you don’t buy it.

 –maddy (Traffic Street)