LOVED ONES, THE: Keep Your Heart: CD

Made up of former members of Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black, and The Curse, this is fairly different from the members’ former acts and instead is typical Fat Wreck Chords fare: well-produced, clean, poppy, catchy and for outsiders like me it’s reminiscent of other material on the label (Lawrence Arms) although huge fans of the genre will most likely disagree (hey, if you can find discrepancies between most pop punk acts, more power to you). This is the kind of stuff my neighbors in grad school listened to and thought they were all “punk” and “different” not realizing that this is really tame. But if you’re looking for a guilty pop punk indulgence with an East Coast flavor, The Loved Ones aren’t too bad.

 –kurt (Fat)