LOVELY BAD THINGS: Teenage Grown Ups: CS

Sep 17, 2018

La Mirada’s Lovely Bad Things remind me of The Thermals. Also available on vinyl and CD, for squares who can’t play cassettes, this full-length is a blast, with song titles including “Thora Birch” and “Cartoon Food.” Dual male and female vocals highlight the aggressive pop stylings, with the perfect balance of musicianship and rawness rounding out the mix. For an extra good time, check out the music video for the title track, which had me grinning ear to ear. Kind of a concept album, but not obnoxiously so, Teenage Grown Ups isn’t something anyone is going to grow out of anytime soon. –Art Ettinger (Burger)