MAKEOUTS, THE: Worst Band Ever: 7”

The Makeouts produce lo-fi pop punk that wears its standard issue “heart imagery” and amateur style on the sleeve of its ratty Ramones shirt. Yet, even with the short and sweet nature that the 7” demands, the music can become pretty pedestrian awfully fast. The band devises one decent hook and then runs it through a dozen rounds of repetition without adding any other ingredient to it. It doesn’t help that the playing comes off as pretty slack, which, in turn, guarantees that those initially cool hooks have nowhere to go. The muddy, clattering guitars and clanging drums would probably make this fun material for intoxicated dancing in a live setting, but in recorded form, it’s only almost passable. –Reyan 

 –guest (Bachelor)