PULLEY: Matters: CD

I used to know and hang out with the singer, Scott, when he was singing in Scared Straight while he was still in high school and before he played pro baseball. That was fifteen years ago or so and I haven’t seen him since. Afterwards, he was in Ten Foot Pole and then put together Pulley. I don’t have the first Pulley record and haven’t seen the band but I do have the rest of the releases. This, being their fifth full-length, shows that they have come a long way from their initial 1996 release. Every new release that comes this way, I hear a comfortable and familiar sound that is always palatable. If you haven’t heard them before, they are kindred spirits to Bad Religion, infusing thoughtful lyrics with a melodic backbone. I have nothing bad to say and can always count on this band to provide me with enough energy to not bore me. They always include enough pop overtones to keep my toes tapping.

 –don (Epitaph)