Gainesville punk scene granddads Radon kick off this gorgeously appointed No Idea Records split—seriously, do yourself a favor and look up the album art by Worthwhile Way vocalist Mayu Toshima—with “Headaches and Bullshit.” As the song runs through its scant two and a half minutes, it feels at once increasingly relatable and like some sort of grand inside joke. So, basically, it’s a Radon song. Stuck in your head after the first listen, the track leaves you desperate to spill your drink and scream along as soon as the crescendo of “heading weeest” kicks you in the gut. Never getting the chance to one day yell the line, “I’d thank you all to go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut” at a live show would be a travesty. Bringing up the rear are country/folk punks Worthwhile Way from Tokushima, Japan. Their entry “After the Rain Comes Sunshine” is just as posi and upbeat a rallying cry as its title implies. A bright, shiny harmonica melody takes your hand and leads you into the happiest, bounciest folk-infused anthem to ever take form on either side of the Pacific. With a little bit of twang and a whole lot of heart, the track is essentially one great big musical smile. Toshima’s assurance that “everything is going to be all right” officially needs to be on repeat forever for anyone who lives in a gloomy climate.
–Kelley O’Death (No Idea, noidearecords.com / Eager Beaver, eagerbeaver.shop-pro.jp)