ZATOPEKS: Ain’t Nobody Left But Us: LP

Jan 31, 2018

Musically corny and lyrically sharp pop punk from Britain. This is apparently an early-stage record, originally released in 2005. When they go for a ‘50s rock’n’roll greaser vibe they tend to fall flat, but their European travelogue/introspective diary entry songs (“Turkish Bread Chronicle,” “Some Town in Northern France”) are well-crafted and genuinely compelling. A love song about Sophie Scholl, a member of the White Rose anti-Nazi group, is a sweet gesture. I can’t get behind the cover art that makes them look like a fun-loving ‘90s ska band, though I also don’t want to hate on people who are clearly having their own version of a good time. –Matt Werts (Stardumb, stardumbrecords.com, It’s Alive, itsaliverecords.com)

crossmenu