RINGERS: Curses: CD

I’m glad I came to hear this the way that I did. The CD was in my box, but I hadn’t gotten a chance to listen to it when they came through town with Bent Outta Shape, playing something like four or five shows in one city in about a week. I’m not sure how much of a chance I would have given this if I popped it in with no outside impression. I think I may have written it off as decent, but nothing special, pop punk. Luckily, that wasn’t the case. Live, they really impressed me. Catchy and driven. In person, they were super-nice, and their bass player has a tattoo of Slimer eating pizza, which earns points with me for some reason. So, after they’d been out of town for a few days, I put this on and gave it several listens. And then several more. It gets stuck in my head all the time. There are some real subtleties in there that grab me, but I think it’s those subtleties that may have been what I would have overlooked. There’s nothing that immediately jumps out as remarkable, but, with time and letting it get absorbed, there really is something there worth taking the time to find.

 –megan (1-2-3-4 Go)