PEPES, LOS: Tonight: EP

Okay power pop. The sticker on the bag this is stored in proclaims, “Possibly the loudest power pop band on Earth!” No idea if that is true, but loud does not necessarily mean good. Really, this stuff is okay. Not terrible, but definitely not something you would call—or uh, as the youth today do—text your friends and invite them over to listen. The playing is tepid and they never really let loose. This lacks confidence, choosing to keep it safe and cling to the conventions. Power pop, like punk, when it’s at its best, it instills a sense of possibility in the listener, and is like a massive jolt of caffeine on top of all that. This does none of that.

 –M.Avrg (Wanda)