A Kick In The Pants # 2 – The Pillow Fights

This past weekend I attended the 5th annual Insubordination Fest in Baltimore, MD. As always it was a blast, and I saw a couple dozen bands that kicked ass. The headliners (The Queers, Smoking Popes, and Less Than Jake) were amazing but I wanted to shove something else in front of your radar – San Jose, CA’s Pillow Fights. The four-piece play short, poppy punk tunes that zip along like kids on a sugar high running through the living room. Catchy hooks that bounce between good ol’ Lookout pop punk and the new school notion that you can write a punk song with more than 3 chords.   Singer Danielle Bailey’s vocals are something along the lines of “I am cute, hear me roar!” The band’s latest release is a split 7″ with Seattle’s Smokejumper on Silver Sprocket. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you get more bang for your buck by picking up their 2009 CD Round 1, but the vinyl has “Get Out Of Here,” which is easily the band’s best song. Perhaps groundbreaking even, if one were to offhandedly declare a new genre called power twee. It’s one of those wonderful sing-alongs that’s both for and about the audience. “Whaddya think about / you and me / get out of here?!” I can tell why they ended their set with it.

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