TEAM STRAY: Popular Mechanics: CD

Could it be? Could it be that The Ergs! (otherwise known as the best reason NOT to kill yourself in the year 2006!) are starting to do more than simply be the best band in the world (tied with the Marked Men) right now? Could it be that they are, in fact, serving to influence their genre, and provide a separate point of reference other than the traditional Queers/Screeching Weasel trajectory? I dare think so! For Team Stray is, admittedly, a pop punk band, but the Ergs! influence is there. Five years ago, a band like this would’ve covered “Teenage Bonehead” and called it a day. Now, a band like this, THIS band even (!), actually rocks, and has some of the most ridiculous lyrics I’ve heard in a long time (“Jenny, you’ve got eyes like chocolate covered marbles. Those aggies send me to the dentist on the double. And even though my cavities are multiple and deep, Jenny I wouldn’t trade you for relief.”). Call me a dork! I like this! If this were a cereal, it’d be Golden Grahams. A little flavor overload? Perhaps, but good nonetheless!

 –maddy (self-released: [email protected])