UGLY FAT KIDS, THE: Post-Mortem Rock ‘n’ Roll: CD

The band name evokes dopey pop punk, the cover art is a bit death rockish, the song titles could easily be cribbed for Dillinger Four’s next album, and the lyrics indicate a level of intelligence a few marks above the average bunch of punters. The music’s gravely voiced, speedy pop punk bounce, however, was the deal breaker for me. Chalk it up to personal preference, and I’m sure they’ll have no trouble finding a throng of giddy fans, but nothing here really struck me as revelatory or anything other than completely “safe” and nonthreatening to the status quo, save for maybe those who might take offense to the occasional use of the word “fuck” in a song.

 –jimmy (myspace.com/theuglyfatkids)