TRANSGRESSIONS, THE / SIDE PROJECT, THE: Stop Wasting My Time: Split 7”

These two very Midwestern pop punk bands from Wisconsin both totally kick ass. Having lived there for three years, I can with confidence describe Wisconsin as one of the most fucked-up, white bread places in this already shady country. But being around such oppression means the kids into cool music are all the more excited, giving each town a feisty basement scene. Transgressions play very D4-influenced melodic punk with Side Project taking a more Ramones-ish approach. The Transgressions side of the split is slightly stronger, with dynamite production and searing vocals. I wish Transgressions were playing when I lived in Madison. The cover sleeve features a tattered Pizza Pit (a repugnant, yet lovable WI/IA chain) box, taking me back to the land of beer and cheese. I’m feeling it.

 –Art Ettinger (Traffic Street, trafficstreetrecords.com)