PEAR OF THE WEST: Passed Out the Wasted: CD

A self-described incomplete discography from this female-led band from Japan. The songs span from the years 2000-2008. Not sure if they broke up or not. But one thing for sure is they have that early pop punk sound from the late ‘90s to early ‘00s of bands like Discount, Co-Ed, and Servo. In fact, I see in the liner notes that they did a split with the latter. Songs are sung in English with a heavy Japanese accent, which give them a unique feel. You can hear the growth of the band from their humble beginnings: Raw but poppy at first, then you can hear the evolution with the musicianship and production. I don’t listen to much pop punk lately, but the later material is infectious and undeniably fun.

 –don (Snuffy Smiles)