MANGES, THE: All Is Well: CD

Italy’s pop punk sweethearts. Oddly enough, a friend of mine gave me a copy of the Japanese pressing of this disc not too long ago, so I was already quite familiar with it when it came to my mailbox for review. It may surprise some people to know that I’m not completely into modern pop punk. Crystal clear production and Marshall stacks aren’t exactly my idea of how it’s done. Thankfully, The Manges have their own thing going for them, which they do quite well. The guitars on All Is Well are thin and shrill (re: cool sounding), which isn’t something you’ll normally hear in this genre. The drums are compressed to the max, but are tight as all hell, as the band is normally. I’ve never had a chance to catch them live, but I imagine they’re a real blast in person. “Panic at the Ice Rink” is an obvious favorite. A few of their last releases have passed me by, but it’s nice to see bands that can stay afloat and keep it going. 

 –Steve Adamyk (It’s Alive)