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by The Fake Boys

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At first I struggled with what it was that I liked so much about this album. After a few spins, it was clear that it was the simpliticy that captivated me. After all, pop punk by definition is supposed to be simple, right? In this case, backing vocals are sparse, there are no “whoa, whoas,” “hey, heys,” gigantic hooks, or silly one-note guitar solos. In fact, I think that there is only one guitar solo on the entire album. Don’t get me wrong, I love “whoas,” “heys,” etc. which is why I was shocked that something so stripped-down could be so good.

In no way does the minimalist approach result in something boring or uninspired. What it lacks in the pouty, bubblegum gimmicks that we’ve come to love and expect from pop punk, it more than makes up for with amazing sing along melodies distilled down into a powerful package. The lyrical content is probably considered a bit dark for pop punk and is less “Suzie won’t go to the high school dance with me” and more “the world and the people we share it with are kind of scary.” Overall, the vocal delivery is heartfelt and sincere without being corny or whiny. Also, the singer can actually sing so, that never hurts.

Usually when people talk about pop punk, bands are compared to their obvious predecessors, label mates, or a region of the country. I can’t go there with these dudes. Far from derivative, this record represents about as much of a departure from what we’ve come to expect from pop punk as possible while staying within the genre. These songs are well played and the production value on the album is tops. This one is hard to put down.

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released August 28, 2010

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The Fake Boys Lowell, Massachusetts

independent punk rock, i tend to get lost, diy or die, i am a complete mess, let me sort my head and ill sing you a song, i probably wont like it next year, things are never what they seem, and i cant figure this out. trust me, you have no idea.

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