Man, when I hear stuff like this I really feel old. Sarasota, Florida’s Rational Anthem and Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Billy Raygun deliver a 7” scoop of some pop punk that didn’t really do it for me. Both bands stay in a comfortable zone that feels neither dangerous nor particularly passionate—both traits of what I look for in all music, not just punk rock. Rational Anthem pretty much stick to the formula while Billy Raygun adds a little of the awkward, geeky to the mix to slightly better results.
–Garrett Barnwell (Traffic Street/John Wilkes Booth)