COLD WRECKS: This Could Be Okay: LP

I’m a big fan of the developing sad party punk genre, but the percentage of melancholy to jubilation frequently favors crying by a huge margin. That ends with Cold Wrecks’ sophomore record This Could Be Okay. It’s still introspective, but in a way that’s a lot more fun. It’s a sad that’s somehow upbeat, almost as if the band has been so disillusioned for so long they decided to not only build a house there but invite everyone over for a blowout bash. In “Crossing Sign” I hear a Dookie-era Green Day playfulness to the bass daring me not to have a good time. Listening to “The Season” while driving, I was afraid I’d get a speeding ticket because the change in the drums and the momentum of the hi hats, urged me to go faster. I’ve never heard before—and I don’t think I’ll ever hear again—anyone more seemingly delighted to “die in a hospital on Long Island” or who “can’t stop screaming, NO!” It’s impressive how not whiny it is because with lyrics like this, it really should be. Just reading the lyrics I’d think this was an emo band, but no emo record has the boisterous abandon of a crowdsurfer. I suspect they chose the only two songs with any slow or down tempo for the first and last song to remind the listener that they are in fact cheerless despite the irreverently cheerful album. You might forget otherwise. –Lorien Lamarr (Self-released, coldwrecks.bandcamp.com)