FIFTEEN: Self-titled: 7”

Originally released in 1990, when bandleader Jeff Ott was fresh off the breakup of Crimpshrine, this influential EP is seeing the light of day again. Fifteen play slow and sincere singalong pop punk with an underlying folk feel, like if Billy Bragg was from the 924 Gilman scene. A recurring lyrical theme is loving others in a world that feels like it’s bursting with hate, which is pretty damn refreshing right now. This record is definitely rooted in a certain time and place, but it retains a certain starry-eyed charm a quarter of a century later. It’s easy to see why so many folky and political melodic punk bands from Gainesville and Bloomington cite Fifteen as an influence. –Chris Terry (Dead Broke)