Joe Normal & The Anytown’rs “Entering Anytown U.S.A.” EP

JOE NORMAL AND THE ANYTOWN'rs are located in Los Angeles, but Joe is originally from New Jersey and you can fee lt in the songwriting. Melody and energy meets in a way that brings The REPLACEMENTS to mind in "Anytown" while "Nuthin' (I Got Nothing)" has classic British rock'n'roll (STONES, FACES...) influences, and "Into The... Continue Reading →

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The Connection “Wish You Success”

"Wish You Success" is the third full length album of The CONNECTION. The band mixes its American punk rock roots ("You Know", "In The End", "Mechanical Heart") with excellent pop songwriting ("Checking", "Color Me Unimpressed", "What a Shame"), and their power pop rock'n'roll sometimes flirts with country music in "Wish You Success" or in "Thinking... Continue Reading →

Brad Marino “Four Track Attack” EP

Brad Marino is the lead vocalist/guitar player of power pop band The CONNECTION. This 4 song EP sure also has a power pop flavour, but you'll also find some glam rock'n'roll touches here and there. The interesting thing is that Brad played all the instruments on this solo EP! The songs are played with punk... Continue Reading →

Toward Space “The Bomb That Fell”

Opening song "The Bomb That Fell" put you straight into the band's world made of crazy garage rock'n'roll and spooky atmospheres, something you don't hear much these days when you think about it. "Black Cat" sounds more 90s grungy/noisy rock while "Night Sorrows" is straight punky power pop with a MISFITS/RAMONES touch. The mix of... Continue Reading →

Nerve Button “S/T”

There's no reason why the new power pop wave wouldn't hit Canada, and Wanda Records is bringing us a vinyl proof of that with NERVE BUTTON. Handclaps, and THUNDERS influenced guitars from the start, it can't be bad, right? While the band has its roots in punk rock'n'roll, Batman (Yes!)'s vocals also remind me of... Continue Reading →

Role Models “Forest Lawn”

Just one year after their first, and promising album "The Go-To Guy", The ROLE MODELS are back with a new record, and new line-up. The band's power pop brings The WILDHEARTS to mind in songs like "(I Broke My Back) Disappointing You" (in which you'll hear Steve Conte on solo guitar), or "No Shame", but... Continue Reading →

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