The Cheap Pops “Winless Summer”

The CHEAP POPS are a pop punk from Germany. They've probably used their Lookout records after intense listening hours. You'll get the short and fast songs with melodic vocals and the kind of things you're expecting from a band in that style. "Star Wars" sounds like a mix of RAMONES and NO FX (although they... Continue Reading →

Jarama 45 RPM Recs 7″ releases: Neon Bone “I Wanted You To Know”/ F.A.N.T.A “El Paciente Cero”

Neon Bone "I Wanted You To Know" 7" Four pop punk songs with vocals reminding of BAD RELIGION. "I Wanted You To Know" is quite catchy, "Put It On a Rest" is sunny enough for the summer, "Why Did You Go Away" has a bit of a RAMONES feel to it and "Island Of Dreams"... Continue Reading →

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")... Continue Reading →

Razorbats “Mainline Rock’n’Roll”

Three years after their album "II", Norway's party rockers RAZORBATS offer us 10 brand new songs. Although the opening song is named "Rock'n'Roll Kills", the band sounds alive and well delivering some fine poppy rock'n'roll with a DARKNESS kind of guitar riff. The vocals and arrangements bring the 00s pop punk scene to mind when... Continue Reading →

The Hallingtons “Hexed” EP

Norway might be famous for TURBONEGRO and black metal, but The HALLINGTONS are more influenced by American bands, especially the RAMONES ("Not My Deal") and pop punk (listen to the chorus in "Jesus Freak" or the song "Pretty Neat" that reminds me a bit of The GROOVIE GHOULIES.) There's more vocal harmonies in "The Witch"... Continue Reading →

The Yoohoos “Up Goes The Rocket”

Pop punk is always better with some bubblegum added to it, and The YOOHOOS from Germany definitely know about this! This German power trio with both male and female vocals are influenced by GROOVIE GHOULIES, CHIXDIGGIT and 90s indie college rock, but songs like "Hello", "Planet Heart", "Spread The Magic" or "Decisions" could have been... Continue Reading →

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