PROUD PARENTS: Self-titled: LP

Sep 17, 2018

This mixed-gender Madison quartet’s bounce house jangle-punk (featuring a third of a Hussy!) reminds me of a punked-up Free to Be You and Me in spots, and the mystery of whether that’s done with smartly ironic intent or just perpetrated straight-up is one of the more attention-getting baubles on their charm bracelet. While they never manage to knock any one given song clear out of the ball park, they do get on base with alarming frequency, and there’s nothing wrong with hitting for average. This band seems happy and well-adjusted. Arts and Crafts is the new mosh pit! BEST SONG: “Dead Wrong.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Hypnotoad.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I watched that one bonus Futurama thing where it’s basically just twenty-two minutes of the Hypnotoad, start to finish. –Rev. Nørb (Dirtnap, dirtna