PONCHES, THE: Quit: LP

When it comes to modern pop punk, the Italians (and Europeans in general) had this thing figured out a long time ago, and Toroni’s The Ponches are no exception to the rule (and it’s nice to see the rest of the world finally pay attention). It’s fast, to-the-point, no-frills punk, mainly in the vein of a certain band that started out at CBGB’s in the ’70s. Seriously razor-sharp tunes. I presume Quit means the band is calling it a day, but don’t quote me on that. Great stuff. –Steve Adamyk (Mom’s Basement, momsbasementrecords.com / One Chord Wonder, ocwrecords.bandcamp.com)