Do you remember when pop-punk wasn't sung by guys with swooping black'n bleached haircuts wearing button-up shirts and girl pants? Do you remember when pop-punk didn't have over-produced, mirror-polished, fake-as-hell vocals? Remember when pop-punk had some attitude? Yes, I also remember Screeching Weasel, and more recently, Dillinger Four. Now here's another band that gets it right.
Pink Razors are a four-piece from Richmond, VA and their lightning fast vocals and distorted guitars will remind you how pop punk should sound. The opening chords of "Disapproval Rating" slowly resonate until hurling you headfirst into a blisteringly fast, catchy, 21-minute, fifteen-song pop-punk record filled with buzzsaw guitars and hooks that you'll need surgery to remove. Just the way it's supposed to be done. Excellent songwriting and creative, pissed-off lyrics that are actually interesting to read (and you're going to need the lyric sheet, believe me) support the vocals throughout the entire album.
Song structure ranges from straight-forward and power chord-heavy to varied and surprisingly fresh approaches that help the songs stand out from one another upon the first few seconds, a small detail that is not only important, but also not always easy to do when none of your songs go over two minutes in length.
It's snotty and cynical, but always up-tempo and insanely catchy. Highly recommended if you enjoy pop-punk that isn't watered-down and brainless.
9.5 / 10
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