Album Review :: Pkew Pkew Pkew :: Self Titled

Pkew Pkew Pkew :: Self Titled :: Royal Mountain Records

Pkew Pkew Pkew’s self titled album had me from the first seconds. It kicks off with a sing along section over some solid pop punk. Okay, I’m sold.

Every track was solid music that will capture you. They have melodies that just won’t quit. You will sing along. You will dance. You will. You have no choice. I’m sure their pits are ridiculous. Ridiculous in a fun let’s release some energy way, not ridiculous in the black eye, bloody nose way.

And the lyrics, the lyrics are great. Every song tackles a different scenario, general assholes, getting drunk before you go out drinking, and even Kathie Lee, with an eloquent tongue in cheek voice. Every song offers a are witty, funny, self aware commentary on our society. They are a throwback to all the great funny punk songs that seem to come far and few between these days.

This is a great summer album, start to finish,  to play with your windows down or at a party to see who catches on. My favorite song though, is track 2, Asshole Pandemic. It is so catchy, with a surfer pop rock sound underneath, that  you will try to sing along before you know the words.

You can check out Mid 20’s Skateboarder and Blood Clot or stream the whole record.

And I leave you with some insightful lyrics from, Glory Days, “If those were your glory days, then you must be really shitty now”.

Album Review :: Burst One’s Side :: Tight

Burst One’s Side :: Tight :: Knives Out records

I really love when international bands and labels reach out to me, and I get a quick glimpse into other scenes in other countries. Burst One’s Side hails from a Paris suburb that I only imagine is like the suburbs of NYC that are just bubbling with a bit of unrest and a ton of creativity.

Burst One’s Side’s Tight is full of melodic aggression that perfectly walks the line between punk, pop punk, and hardcore. I was a fan instantly. I have been listening to it on repeat since I got it and don’t see myself stopping any time soon. Every song packs a punch, it comes at you swinging, and I can just imagine the pits at their shows. By far though, my favorite song is Emancipation Brings Wondering, it is the punk rock sing along in all its glory. You will have this one stuck in your head.

Tight is out on Knives Out records who loves to put out high quality picture disc vinyl releases.

Show Review :: Restorations :: Club Cafe :: Pittsburgh PA

Restorations :: Club Cafe :: Pittsburgh PA

I always have a weird debate with myself when it comes to the timing of a review or article about a live show. By the time that I see the show or write about it, a good chunk of shows on that tour have passed, and it only benefits you, if you happen to be in a city that they hit on the rest of the tour. Sometimes I feel like I am rubbing it in, that I got to see them and you didn’t.

But, I can’t help but write about live shows. I love music that is raw and the live performance is just the epitome of that raw energy. I get swept away every time.

Though Restorations is a Philly band, but they always make a stop in Pittsburgh, so I’ve had the opportunity to see them a few times before. They usually had the opening slot for a bigger band, which is a great way to gain exposure, but I never felt that the venues were the right venues for him. MOst venues were large, which a raised stage, and a pit restless for the main act. Restorations is an intimate band, their music worms it’s way inside and settles in, the music seeks an audience to connect with. The band feels each note, each word, and gives the audience their all. At all those large shows, the connection always felt a bit diluted as the audience strains their neck to watch the show.

Club Cafe is tiny, a bar, some tables, and a bit of floor space. This is the right size venue for them and for us. It took them a few songs to warm up and for the crowd to get in synch but they played with more intensity than I had seen them do in the past. This audience was there to see them, this crowd was never totally theirs, and they played as if they didn’t want to let anyone down.

They were intense yet intimate, they lay naked in those songs, and they stripped down on stage. This was the Restorations that I always wanted to see, it this the show that I envisioned as the records spun around in the dark. The audience packed to the stage, we sang along, and we screamed.

By the end of the set, the banter was that of old friends at the end of an exhausting week. Going home to your cat, recording new music, some nonsense. The audience left spent, yet some how energized at the same time.

So really, all I am saying is, If you haven’t heard them, go listen to them. If you haven’t seen them, go check them out. They did promise new music and with new music there will be a tour.