BAD SECRET: Demo-One: CD

Besides the stupid Metallica font on the cover, I love everything about this epic pop punk demo that surely would have landed onto Mutant Pop Records in the 1990s. Hailing from the intense-in-every-way city of Youngstown, Bad Secret plays ultra-melodic pop that is reminiscent of the better tracks on the mid-career Ramones album To Tough to Die. Released on cassette and CD, this warrants a vinyl pressing, too. The secret is out of the bag about Bad Secret. They need to record at least a dozen albums before they’re allowed to even consider breaking up. –Art Ettinger (Mom’s Basement, momsbasementrecords.bigcartel.com)