CAFFIENDS: Kopophobia: LP

May 25, 2021

Fast, rough-at-the-edges pop punk. The occasional horn pops up here and there. Reminds me of the fervency of Direct Hit and the sonic and vocal makeup of bands like Hi Ho Silver, Away and New Junk City, though not quite as hook-laden or atmospheric. Confident enough, sounds great, and I bet they’re a cool live band. Fun layout with a monster/band photo mashup aesthetic, charming lyrics. All the pieces are there, but for some reason it lacked that vital bit of oomph and just didn’t quite carry this listener all the way through. –Keith Rosson (Rad Girlfriend)

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