Lost Atoms (2005, Self-released)
These guys play punk rock. With their scruffy vocals
and catchy but coarse-edged sound they might fit on a bill with
Propaghandhi, but lyrically the band explores such time-honored
Punk Rock 101 subjects such as girls and girls, bringing to mind
the poppy punk groups that permeated D.I.Y. punk compilations in
the 1990s. I think the band's home of operations (DC) has influenced
the band's principles more than the actual music (this ain't hardcore,
Some of the songs, like "Meghan", and
"Hey OK" are great shout-alongs, and like many of the
tracks have bouncy guitar lines that leave you humming even after
the song is done. A few others here and there (most prominently
"Heat Therapy") are throat-ripping tunes that remind me
of The Disenchanted.
The vox are good but not head and shoulders above
the punky melodic growl that's been heard a hunded times before.
The cool guitar action I like quite a bit, mostly because it's not
dumbed-down riffs, and the skater-rock guitar lines are hooky and
not wanky. The production quality of the disc is pretty rough but
I can almost suspect that that was intentional. In short: It's been
a while since I've listened to a band like the Lost Atoms. It has
it's zits, but I'm getting some good nostalgic vibes when I spin
it and drift back to my teenage years.