JIMMY VAPID: Night Moves: LP

Hamilton, Ontario’s Jim Vapid has unleashed his first “solo” LP, after a string of singles of the last few years, both on his own and with The Vapids. Fans of his main act over the years will love this current offering, but make no mistake: this isn’t a Vapids record. Sure, there are similarities, but Jim’s evolved and making it known on Night Moves. The opening title track ignites with a blast, sounding more reminiscent of classic ‘80s California punk than a standard Ramones tune. The next handful of tracks have a classic punk rock’n’roll feel to them—edging closer to The Dead Boys or even Candy Snatchers at times—guitar solos included. Jim’s always written a hell of a ballad, with this album being no exception. “World on Running” is a perfectly written, dynamic song. With all the above in mind, we’re still talking Jim from the Vapids here, but the music is tighter and the production is crystal clear, without being corny. Just in time for summer. –Steve Adamyk (Self-released, jimmyvapid.bandcamp.com)