PEARS: Self-titled: CD

While I’ve been aware of this New Orleans quartet’s vaunted reputation prior to this review, for myriad reasons I had not actually heard them. My conclusion is that the hype that preceded Pears’ gracing my stereo was well-warranted, as to me they sound to me like hybrid of NOFX and Jawbox. For what it’s worth, any band that can write a raging anthem about the need to take a nap is a-okay in my book. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Fat Wreck)