LILLINGTONS, THE: Death by Television: LP

From the moment I first heard this record in my early twenties (some time around ’04-’05) to the umpteenth time I’ve heard it over the last fifteen years, it still cuts. The punch they packed in 1999 is still just as strong as the Flavor Aid at Jonestown. I fucking love Kody’s voice, and it fits in great over a smattering of sharp leads and a pummeling rhythm section. This is the kind of melody-laden punk that really pumps me up—Ramones inspired, not Ramones derivative. It’s sing-songy with a snarl. I’m stoked that this pop punk classic got such a rad repress. Some people say that picture discs don’t sound nearly as good as black vinyl, but from where I stand, this version rips just as hard as what I played in my discman years ago. –Kayla Greet (Red Scare)