SEASONAL MEN’S WEAR: Self-titled: CDEP

I reviewed another Seasonal Men’s Wear release not too long ago and I was not exactly kind. To me they were jokey in a way that didn’t translate well, or their sincerity translated clumsily, or they were talking to their friends and I was just a bystander. On their newest EP, they’re still playing pop punk, and it’s still okay, and it’s still not meant for me. But there’s an underlying, almost Jonathan Richman-like sweetness to it that’s endearing. They sing about going fishing, hanging out with raccoons, smelling the pine trees, getting old and fat together. I won’t say they’re great, but I’d have to be a serious asshole to hate on them.

 –Matt Werts (Brown Bear)