Sep 27, 2008

Teenage Bottlerocket are one of the relatively few bands that stick very closely to the Lookout Records formula for pop punk that still keeps my interest peaked. I progressed through the early part of my teenage years without failing to acquire piles of records from Ramones and Screeching Weasel wannabe bands that now collect dust, but all of Teenage Bottlerocket’s releases still get frequent plays from me. It will take some time before I can decide on whether or not this release tops Total, the full length prior to this one, but I’d say it’s damn close. I’m not sure if I like Kody’s (ex-Lillingtons) songs on this record more than on Total, but they aren’t bad by any means. Ray, who has always been my favorite half of TBR’s vocal section, puts out songs that are equal to or better than Total’s content. The formula certainly does not fail on this record.

 –Dave Dillon (Red Scare, www.redscare.net)