STAGGER AND FALL: Smash the Bottle Smash the State: CD

If you can get past the terribly trite title, Stagger And Fall is actually a remarkably thoughtful, Bay Area melodic streetpunk band. Reminiscent of Reducers SF, the songs are mainly mid-tempo, with lyrics about love lost and growing old in a subculture. There’s almost a Mike Ness feel to the vocals, and anyone who can look past the on-the-surface silliness will probably find themselves toe tapping and having a good old time. It’s the musical equivalent of a snack cake; easy to go down and relatively harmless, despite what your greedy dentist tells you.

 –Art Ettinger (Stagger And Fall, staggerandfall.com)