MANGES, THE: Bad Juju: CD

I have never understood how so many of the “bigger” pop punk bands attract the sizeable followings they do. The Manges (along with The Apers and a handful of silly-named others) are a perfect example. In the post-”Lookout heyday” pop punk world, it seems like the biggest names are often the bands bringing the least amount of originality to the table, musically and/or lyrically. As someone who came of age in the aforementioned “heyday,” I still tend to check out each new release from these bands, and not once have I been pleasantly surprised by even the slightest veer off of a worn-out path. A beacon of mediocrity.

 –Dave William (Monster Zero)