YOUNG LADIES: We Get By: LP

Comprised of members of Discount, Bridge And Tunnel, Moniker, and Latterman, which is quite the résumé, Young Ladies come with high expectations. It’s a good sign when the LP begins with a Rod Serling narration and a cut into the LP’s strongest song, “Wake Up, Let’s Go.” Then five songs sneak by and none have left an impression. Young Ladies brand of poppy punk doesn’t stand out: the consistent tempo throughout is partly the culprit. The arrangements and lyrics about personal insecurities are similarly formulaic: “I don’t want to live with you,” “I don’t want to see any other people I know,” and “I don’t know what I’m doing” are the opening lines to three separate songs. I would have been happier watching The Twilight Zone’s “Mr. Bevis.” 

 –Sean Arenas (No Breaks)