The New 45
I Think You’re Neat (2010, self-released)
Oh my. At this point in my life, and after a long (though still ongoing) love affair with pop punk, I secretly wish this album is a joke. Or at least a wink and nod in the direction of those that know what pure/traditional pop punk is all about. In no particular order this album references girls (natch), monsters, the loser/outcast guy, a dream girl, a minimum wage job, a zombie girl, Screeching Weasel, and of course, another girl (whose name is, wait for it… “Candice Bubblegum”). When it comes to pop punk songwriting stereotypes, these dudes just hit for the cycle. The music matches suit – falling somewhere the poppy Ramones and the snotty Riverdales. All of it is fairly well executed, and it seems like they almost have a hit with “Candice Bubblegum” or “Weekend At Bernie’s,” but there’s definitely something lacking, whether it be a stronger melody or a tighter harmony, that leaves this band still riding the bench.
Mark H. 7/7/10