KOBANES / SHECKIES: Split: 7”

Aging, grown man pop punk is what is on display with this release, in case the band names left any room for doubt. Both bands are fine at a style that I love but was plenty burned out on by the early 2000s and am unlikely to ever come back around on. The sound is pure “Mutant Pop distro catalog 1997” and does not immediately ape Weasel or Queers but could very easily be called “Lillingtons-core” in the parlance of the times. Chances are if you are still geeked up on pop punk to this degree both of these bands are on your radar already, but if you are looking for some new full-on pop punk sounds, you could certainly do much worse than Kobanes or The Sheckies. –Mike Frame (Jerkoff, jerkoffrecords.com)