A nearly flawless platter of perfect pop gems. Longtime underdog godfathers of the St. Louis punk scene, the band has steadily evolved...into a rocking powerhouse of a pop group. There's a new lyrical depth sneaking in on a few tracks here, detailing characters and situations that, although treated in a light manner, seem to be rooted in more real-life, adult problems than you'll find in B-grade monster movies. The humorously titled "Xanax for Everyone!" transforms a traumatic hospital visit - and its chorus's sticky opening line, "Good morning, please check in" - into one of the catchiest hooks of the year. It's an ideal pop single, one that only gets better with obsessive, repeated listens, and when Meyer yells, "And that don't rock my socks like Ray Davies!" at the end of the stuttering chorus, the energy is irresistible.
--Brian McClelland, PLAYBACK
"Poppy punk in more of an '80s vein than the modern connotation. There's less overt Ramones influence this time 'round, but they do have some wicked hooks that'll imbed themselves in your noggin if you're not careful."
--Jimmy Alvarado, RAZORCAKE
released July 2, 2004
All songs by M. Meyer c2003 IBC Shadows Music
"Ponk Rawk" by M. Meyer c2001 IBC Shadows Music
Produced by Mass Giorgini
Recorded at Sonic Iguana (Lafayette IN)
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering (Phoenix AZ)
Art Illustration by Matthew Shultz
Graphic Design by Ed McGowan
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