If these Oakland kids set out to make a record that sounds like the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack, mission accomplished. Cut from the same hook-saturated Bloated Kat cloth as Lipstick Homicide, Jabber went in a more indie power pop direction. Consciously female-fronted, saccharine power chord fun that reminds you that all roads lead back to the Ramones. The second song’s chorus is literally “I wanna be your girlfriend.” Lead vocals are reminiscent of Screaming Females and Mean Jeans, but I also hear a nod to the Beach Boys in their 1960s style harmonies and lyrics about being true to yourself. Maybe it’s an insult, but this is the kind of punk that even kids who get straight As and play football or cheerlead can listen to. Not wow, but solid and super fun. You can’t help but dance.
–Claire Palermo (Bloated Kat)