WASTED BREATH: Self-titled: CD

This Spokane, Wash. three-piece delivers ten songs of punk rock that you might have heard on Punk Bites 3 were this 1999. Notable influences from this listener’s ear includes Nirvana, The Offspring, and Rise Against. Well-played but ultimately uninspiring. We’ve heard this a thousand times before. Originality isn’t a prerequisite for making good music, of course, but with forty-four years of punk rock available to the world at the touch of a button (and for free), the only thing that matters is great songs, and I’m just not finding those here. –Chad Williams (Blackhouse, blackhouserecordsinc.com)