TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET: Stay Rad!: CD

I find most pop punk cringeworthy. Teenage Bottlerocket was a pleasant exception to this experience. While the music still leans towards the slickly produced pop side of the punk spectrum, the lyrics and vocals of Teenage Bottlerocket really sold me on the band. Lyrics range from witty and tongue-in-cheek, as in songs like “Creature from the Black Metal Lagoon,” a lampooning of black metal fans which you have to know black metal to understand, to more serious tracks like “Everything to Me,” which deals with trying to be a punk rock parent to a preteen. If the humor of Teenage Bottlerocket’s lyrics proves too sophisticated for you, the opening track of Stay Rad! is perfect for you: “You Don’t Get the Joke.” –Paul J. Comeau (Fat Wreck)