MY NAME IS JOE: Stories of Our Cities: CD

Man, oh man. So close, yet so far. Musically, this sounds like it shoulda come from Britain in the ‘80s, but it’s from present day San Francisco. It has a very poppy, catchy radio-friendly punk sound with elements here and there that would be at home in the Twin Cities. But the vocals. The vocals are just a bridge too far for me. They are super gravelly with an English accent—but not like Frankie Stubbs. I’m not necessarily opposed to either and can quite enjoy both at times, but the lyrics are more talk-sung that sung. And it sounds like the vocalist wants to pack a ton of meaning into every line, which becomes a bit oppressive. Again, so close, yet so far. –Vincent (mynameisjoe.bandcamp.com)