I’m really liking that the current punk scene is not afraid to experiment with styles. Mayday! are certainly punk, but they have a strong surf guitar style that sets them apart from most of what’s happening out there. The guitar is really, really, really good. The first song, appropriately titled, “Intro” is complete surf rock, where the second song, “Illegal Alien Vs Child Predator” has a Spanish flamenco influence. Who ever thought you’d hear a punk band use that as an influence? “BludBeach” is the most straight forward punk song on here, and even then it’s still not some by-the-numbers type stuff. The male vocals remind me of Fred Schneider of the B-52’s. When he says, “Let’s have a pool party and catch some rays,” I think of “Boys in bikinis, girls on surfboards...” I was fucking around with my Ouija board the other day, and I asked if Mayday! was going to be one of the bands that puts out many great records and people clamor for. The planchette went directly to “yes.” Damn thing better be right.
–M.Avrg (Feral Kid, [email protected])