‘OL DORIS: Fix It Tomorrow: LP

For many years, Seattle’s ‘Ol Doris have been making me feel like everything is going to be alright. There’s a hopeful element to their songwriting. The earnestness and strong delivery in their vocals makes it all the more believable. This is comfort punk. The second track, “Burke Gilman Trail,” is about the fleeting nature of life and the importance of living in and remembering good moments—like bike riding in a beautiful spot. When I first moved to Seattle almost a decade ago, I rode my bike up and down that trail a couple times a week. Now that our new normal is limited activity outside, I’m certainly calling up those moments of simple pleasures and this song nails that feeling so well. Lyrically, there’s a heavy Cometbus influence in both subject matter and turns of phrase. I love bands like this because it’s living proof that you can be punk, emotional, and intellectual in the same breath. Musically, they’re mid-tempo (as far as punk goes) with bright guitar leads and punchy drums. This is a perfect record to listen to during a pandemic. –Kayla Greet (Moodkiller)