EPIDEMIC, THE: Quarantine Days: LP

An ambitious and largely corny pop punk concept record. A kind of Misfits worship runs throughout, or really they adopt a lot of Misfits-isms (crooning, basic horror/B-movie/early rock’n’roll clichés) without also adopting the Misfits’ charm or radical vision. The idea of a piece of music releasing a toxic chemical that renders people hysterical and violent (the narrative of this story-record) is a decent sci-fi concept. I think the worst you’ll encounter while listening to the music of Quarantine Days is the feeling that you’re never—no matter where you go, no matter what you do—going to escape the suburban pop punk aesthetic of the year 1997. –Matt Werts (Uncommon Interests, uncommoninterests.bandcamp.com / Paranoia House, paranoiahouse.bigcartel.com)