I’ve been wholeheartedly endorsing Snuffy Smile records for so long, I’m running out of new ways to sing their praises. This is disconcerting to me because I want to keep getting the review copies, and I know that I have to type for my music. So here goes: Pear of the West plays poppy punk rock, but it’s more than that. There are the sweet, pop-style female vocals, but they’re backed by music that’s more complex and textured than you’d expect. Think of a Japanese version of Discount. Then factor in happy, Jughead-style guitar riffs, and you’ve got yourself a doozy of a seven inch. Highly recommended. Pear of the West has also released a kickass full length, This Means Little Resistance..., and a split 7” with Servo on Snuffy Smile. Those are highly recommended, too.
–sean (Snuffy Smile)