RAGING NATHANS, THE: Jukebox Records 7” Series: 7”

I admittedly grabbed this 7” solely because of Peter Bagge’s art. Bagge’s Hate is a seminal comic series, while oft-overlooked graphic novel Other Lives is a personal favorite. Sadly, The Raging Nathan’s don’t live up to Bagge’s contribution. “Long Way Home” is cookie-cutter pop punk complete with uplifting chorus, and “Rewards” oozes Epitaph circa late ‘90s, you know, when Millencolin and Pennywise were “relevant.” Originality can be overlooked when execution is spot-on, but The Raging Nathans offer a brand of mall punk that’s as cringe-inducing as Hot Topic T-shirts and bullet belts. 

 –Sean Arenas (Rad Girlfriend, radgirlfriendrecords.com)