Randells “Kicks”

It’s officially summer so it might be the right time for a pop punk release and Monster Zero Records know it all about this! RANDELLS offer us quite a catchy opener with “Kicks” and potential beach hit “Pick Me Up.” Of course you’ll find your usual RAMONES riff (“I Can’t Make It In The Bedroom”) but “Holiday In The Sun” is not a SEX PISTOLS cover, more of a melancholic Californian punk tune with a cool little surf rock guitar part. The Swedish power trio also has its hardcore-ish moments with “I Don’t Wanna Be A Deadbeat” and “El Mundo Loco” but also chews bublegum in “Karen” and “Gum In My Hair.” “I don’t Wanna Go” is a pleasant surprise on this album since it offers us some kind of ’77 punk rock’n’roll from outer space. The bands sings about “The End Of The Summer” with BEACH BOYS backing vocals and then you realize the album is already over. It can’t be a bad sign. /Laurent C.

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