Album Review
Various Artists
Label: Cabana 1 Records
  • 3/5
Reviewed by KeithRosson
Pop punk is making a resurgence. New(er) bands like Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord, The Ergs!, Dan Padilla, Ringers and more are spearheading this resurgence, and (maybe even more importantly) they're doing it in a way that's injecting some long-needed fucking brains and heart into the genre. In the mid-90s there was an absolute glut of totally vapid pop punk bands with entire discographies dedicated to "the girl that got away" and really not a whole lot more. So it's a kind of medium that's currently being injected with some substance, which is awesome. That being said, I'm pretty torn on this comp. Given the title, many of the bands involved and the general "surf's up, let's party" sound and mentality that weaves its way throughout much of this record, it kind of seems like a throwback to earlier days. Maybe that's a good thing, depending on your tastes. For me, I've heard enough songs about surfing and break ups to last me a lifetime. But if you want to harken back to the "feel good" days of pop punk, then here's your deal. It's a benefit record (though I couldn't find any info on the record or the label's website about what the cause may be, other than it's a "small, grass-roots organization whose aim it to help protect and keep our oceans of the world clean.") and features the Queers, the Manges, The Guts, The Generics, Highschool Dropouts, the Adorkables and nineteen more.

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