Jagger Holly/The Windowsill “Saving The Genre, And You Know It…” Split 10″

I haven’t reviewed any split records in a while, so here’s one of two punk rock bands, JAGGER HOLLY (US) and The WINDOWSILL ‘The Netherlands.) JAGGER HOLLY plays pop punk the way it has to be played, short songs with sweet melodies, sometimes with a RAMONES touch (“Out Of Luck”) and a bit of late 70s American new wave in “All The Boys” as well as 90s emo (“Better Off Without You”.) The WINDOWSILL is the band of Marien Nicotine (ex-APERS) and they open their side on a RAMONES riff (“Cigarettes Kill”) before they rock to the mid-tempo and sunny “Don’t Worry Baby.” Their Californian side also shows in “Leads Back To You” and in “Last September” which will probably bing some sunlight to your dark winter and make you get back on your skateboard earlier this year! This record is available from Hey Pizza Records and Shield Recordings. /Laurent C.

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The Hangups “No Expectations” 7″

This is the second EP of this Swedish band. They play pop punk the way it used to sound on Lookout! Records in the early 00s, but this 7″ is out on Monster Zero Records (based in Austria.) They don’t try to change the world, or even the style, but they do it really well, with youthful energy and passion. You can hear this in songs like “Stupid World” or “Out Of Order.” “Done With You” has a bit of a ’77 punk flavour although it has more to do with skateboards than heroin chic.
If you’re like me and don’t really listen to this style these days, just give this 7″ a try, because these guys definitely know what they are doing! /Laurent C.

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Face To Face “Laugh Now, Laugh Later”

The last album of Californian punk rock veterans FACE TO FACE was released in 2002, no need to say that their fans really have deserved some new material… So, and here they are with “Laugh Now, Laugh Later”, a new 13 song album on German label People Like You Records.
They haven’t changed much to their recipe, you’ll still find the melodies, the energy, the heavy guitar riffing and the hooks.
If you’re into NOFX and all the 90s Epitath Records scene, then you’ll love “It’s All About You”, “Bombs Away”. BAD RELIGION also comes to mind on “What You Came For” and “Stopgap”. FACE TO FACE can also slow down things and underline their pop side in songs like “Blood In The Water”, “I Don’t Mind and You Don’t Matter” or in the potential hit single “All Or Nothing”.
A pretty good punk rock record for this summer!/Laurent C.http://www.facetofacemusic.com/