CAPTAIN ASSHOLE: What an Awful Life: LP

German pop punk that sounds more American in almost every way than it does German. That’s not a pejorative statement, just a fact. I like this a lot, as it has boundless energy and a bounce that is infectious—one of those records that gets your head nodding even though you don’t know you’re doing it. The U.S.A. connection is strengthened by members of Cold Wrecks and Arliss Nancy chipping in with the odd vocal here and there. I’d imagine this is the kind of band which would go down extremely well at The Fest with its punchy delivery and cheery attitude. Captain Asshole certainly does it for me. –Rich Cocksedge (Self-released, [email protected], captainassholepoppunk.bandcamp.com)