Never thought I'd enjoy pop punk this much at my age, but then again, Delay is no average pop punk band. "Been Good" is a really great breakup song with a posi spin. I have a really hard time NOT smiling while listening to these guys.
My two favorite discoveries of 2014: finding White Reaper on Bandcamp, and finding a grape Airhead in my envelope when I received the cassette. This debut is a flawless batch of anthemic and fleet-footed American punk. I'm really digging the clattering Keith Moon drum fills and the minimal keyboard flourishes in particular, but every song on this short EP is worth digesting in its entirety.
Anything Valient Himself touches turns to rock 'n roll gold, but Hjortene have enough sludgy blues-punk swagger on their own to keep me coming back for more. Fans of Fu Manchu and Hellacopters should dig this, and Epic Indian sounds like a long-lost Kyuss B-side.
Somewhere between Fear and the Clash lies the melodic assault of Los Angeles punk outfit Rough Kids. Seems like they haven't done much for the past year or so, but fortunately, The State I'm In is an excellent collection of catchy punk tunes that's worth putting in rotation.
Former band Astro Fang was impressive, but this new group with their drummer and singer/guitarist is a far tighter outfit. This first LP is mostly gleeful and speedy head-bobbers, with a few slow rips peppered in. Digging it.