Here’s a look (and listen) to some records that have been cluttering up our desk and inboxes here at YuppiePunk World HQ. Though none of these titles inspired us to write 3000-word soliloquys, we figured we could at least muster 25 and an MP3.
ENEMY YOU – “FADE AWAY” (Nitro)
Like their previous two full-lengths, the latest from this San Francisco quartet conjures “No Control”-era Bad Religion with pleasing yet predictable gusto.
Enemy You – “Outta Sight”
METRIC – “FANTASIES” (Metric)
The fourth record from the Canadian indie-pop stars jumps from guitar-fronted rockers to synth-pop ditties, smoothed out by the vocals of Emily Haines, who puts her solo career on hold to make another record with her band.
Metric – “Gold, Guns and Girls”
MXPX – “ON THE COVER II” (Tooth & Nail)
The long-running pop-punk band pay tribute to their influences via faithful but limp cover versions of songs from bands like Descendents, Poison and The Clash.
MXPX – “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down” (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)
NEW FOUND GLORY – “NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT” (Epitaph)
As the pop punks return to their indie label roots, they make a similar return to form, with Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 overseeing things as producer.
New Found Glory – “47″
PULLEY – “TIME INSENSITIVE MATERIAL” (X-Members)
The band’s first new tunes in five years hurl from the speakers like singer/ex-MLB’er Scott Radinsky’s sidearm fastball. Melodic and meaty.
Pulley – “Rattling Rust”
SHINOBU – “STRANGE SPRING AIR” (Asian Man)
Blending Pavement with Jawbreaker, the band is sloppy, poppy and fun. They’d fit nicely on Lookout! records circa 1991.
Shinobu – “Teachers Get Tired”
STRUNG OUT – “PROTOTYPES AND PAINKILLERS” (Fat Wreck Chords)
Like most odds and ends collections, this is unessential and reserved for completists only. The handful of good tracks are unbalanced by mediocre metal covers and production values, but there are a few gems.
Strung Out – “Novella”