STARTER JACKETS: Preferred Stock: 7”

Jan 31, 2018

I am always immediately dubious of pop punk bands that start calling their new project “power pop.” They rarely seem to be able to keep the pop punk vibes out of it and the songs are nearly always too fast to be power pop. The whole affair often comes off like a ‘90s one-hit-wonder alternative radio song that wasn’t quite “punk” twenty years ago. That is exactly the case with this band featuring Hospital Job and Copyrights members. The songs are all right but they are not even close to being power pop. Sounds more like the “alterna-punk” that appeared all over the place in the late ‘90s on soundtracks and in movie trailers. This record is fine and the songs are well written, but this is not the power pop I am looking for. –Mike Frame (It’s Alive)