"Demmamussabebonk" CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
Punk rock, and just the way it should be - fast, crunchy, tinged with an optimistic edge and, best of all, melodies which leap for joy, dance for glory and whirl about in a frenzy like a Sufi in a trance. There's a pervasive sense of hope here - sure, the band notes we live in a crappy world, but the empathy which comes through in songs like "Sunny Places" when Duncan sings "I pray that love will warm your day / If life is cold and cruel / I pray love warms to you." Sure, maybe it isn't exactly the most punk sentiment, especially since it seems quite a few bands are too busy plotting to overthrow the Man to give a shit about the people around them, but it's comforting and it's real, thus making it an idea which is far more important than the political rants of disenfranchised youth.
"Long Ball To No-One" 7" EP (Fat Wreck Chords)
More of the same from these lads, but that's a good thing. If everyone in punk rock were this optimistic and, well, happy, it might be less depressing. Melodic, tuneful, speedy and just plain fun. Can I keep them?
"Snuff Said" / "Flibbiddydibbiddydob" CDs (Fat Wreck Chords)
Reissued at last, and "Snuff Said" has bonus tracks! It's great, playful, chunky p-rock - in other words, nothing new for this band, but I'd rather listen to their cheerful melodies and optimism than waste my time with the new mope-rock sensation. Don't fix what ain't broke. 'Nuff said.