HUMANIFESTO: The Infamous: CD

Bland, by-the-numbers punk can have its charm, but not this time. I unabashedly love the monotonous, robotic feel of Pennywise, which is what I think Montreal’s Humanifesto may be going for. But it’s just plain boring. The lyrics are more highbrow than most political punk lyrics, but the rote, fast melodic hardcore that accompanies them is oddly irritating. To add to the annoyance factor, the production is very tinny, although not especially treble-focused. It’s also available on various colors of vinyl, so you have to at least give them credit for trying. There’s nothing wrong with The Infamous. Then again, there’s nothing right about it either.

 –Art Ettinger (Koi, koirecords.com)