RUMSPRINGER: Empty Towers: CD

Like early Green Day, with a bit of dirt rubbed on it. Super upbeat and positive pop punk. For a second I was going to label it as “gruff,” but as you keep listening you notice that the dudes (there seems to be more than one dude singing) can actually kind of sing. The downside is when they start to channel later era Green Day, and start getting “epic” with songs that are much longer than they should be. If the whole thing were roughly a third shorter, give or take, it’d be excellent, but in the meantime I think it’s okay.

 –joe (Traffic Street)