PANIC BEATS, THE: …Strike Again: LP

I’m not sure when the pop punk community collectively thought that writing nothing but creepy stalker songs over Ramones song structures was the way to push the genre forward (The Creeps, Masked Intruder), but this is starting to go from a few gimmick bands to a legitimate subgenre and that’s weird. What really put me off about this record are the vocals. They come off sounding like the Dopamines if their singers had an incredibly weak grasp of melody. I wanted to like this, but there wasn’t enough to really grab onto.

 –Bryan Static (Night Fighter, nightfighterrecords.com)