Produced by Bouncing Souls legend Pete Steinkopf, the ‘90s punk rock reference points on The Jukebox Romantics’s two-song 7” Plot Points are not hard to decipher. “Where’s my country gone?” vocalist and guitarist Mike Terry demands on the first track “Living with Sin.” On “Laugh and Say Goodbye,” he implores listeners to turn away from complacency and return to the youthful punk idealism so many have left behind in favor of steady jobs, little boxes made of ticky-tacky, and political memes adorning their Facebook timelines. Hanging on an infrastructure of galloping drums, gang vocals, and album art lousy with riot cops, these sentiments will transport any punk in their early thirties back to a simpler time when the music was fun, but the message was deadly serious.

 –Kelley O’Death (Jailhouse, [email protected], jailhouserecords.com)