ROUGH STUFF: Self-titled: 7”

Rough Stuff is an example of a band that makes me feel uncultured to be an American. The group consists of four guys from Japan who sing in English and whose music is released on both an American and a Spanish label. (I barely moved outside of Colorado last year.) With that said, these are two mid-tempo pop punk songs. For what they lack in fierce beat, Rough Stuff makes up for being genuine. Sample lyrics from “Out of Control”: “The council enacts various ban but you don’t care, you’re having fun.”

 –N.L. Dewart (Long Shot Music, True Force)