YALE, MASSACHUSETTS: Act Like You’ve Been There: 7”

The first song on this record starts out with buzzsaw guitars riffs and pounding drums. It’s a little more indie rock-sounding than the rest of the record and starts things off just right. The second song, which sets the tone for the rest of the record, is total pop punk, but in a way that’s not too candy coated, just catchy like good rock ‘n’ roll should be. You get three more songs on this record and they’re everything that I would be desperately looking for if I was desperately looking for good pop punk, but I’m actually never looking for pop punk at all. I often am, however, looking for good rock and roll with hooks and such needs are sated here. The lyrics deal with self-doubt, scene parasites, and faltering friendships. Others have done a better job on such topics, but I can still appreciate their choice of subject matter and the lyrics work well with the upbeat songs. So, no complaints. I’ve put this record on quite a few times in the morning before heading out the door. And I’ll definitely be watching this band.

 –Craven (Self-released)