MAADWEST: I Can’t Believe We’re All Idiots: CS

Maadwest, from Los Angeles, is the brainchild of Matty McNamara, who handles all of the songwriting and most of the instruments on this full length. He writes unabashedly upbeat pop punk gems that sometimes recall the sunshine and kickflips of Wavves infused with the brain damage of No Parents. The vocals are fuzzy, the guitars are blown out, and the choruses punch you in the gut. Maadwest is best at their most lo-fi on songs like “No Kitty Lyfe,” “Dirt Lyfe,” and “Stumble,” which make for the perfect soundtrack to cruising to the beach with the windows down. –Sean Arenas (Self-released, maadwest.bandcamp.com)