Most of you out there say that the pop punk phenomena has been
played out, that there is nothing new or fresh in the scene. And
for the most part, I would be forced to agree with you. But here
is a fine exception to the generalization: Stop The World
by Riddlin' Kids. This band was one of the progenitors
of the ponk scene (as I call it) and has always been at the head
of it, ever pushing forward to bigger and better things. This
new record is certainly no exception. "Never Live It Down"
is full of the raw energy and enthusiasm that has always propelled
this band ahead of the pack. The guitars are brilliantly positioned,
taking tired riffs and breathing new life into them. "Get
To It" keeps the frenetic pace going, but alternates between
lighter interludes before launching heavily into a veritable explosion
of a chorus. Exploring some very cool harmony vocals and driving
polyrhythms on "Stop The World", Riddlin' Kids show
their maturing songwriting talent and unique ear for great pop
music. "Promise You Anything" blends My Bloody Valentine-esque
guitars into the mix, creating an especially fun to listen to
rock song. The song screams twenty-something angst and does it
with its tongue firmly outside its cheek.
Stop The World is nothing more than a showcase for a band
that has been around for years, yet remains at the top of their
game. These older dudes blow away the younger bands, creating
more melodic and captivating songs than any of their contemporaries.
Instad of focusing on what may or may not profit them in the marketplace,
Riddlin' Kids seem to be making music that comes from the heart
(and occasionally groin) and that is the truest way to make great
music. Whether you believe ponk to be played out or not, this
is one album I highly recommend to make you feel young again.
1. Never Live It Down
2. Get To It
3. Stop The World
5. Promise You Anything
6. Talk Of The Town
7. I Want You To Know
8. I Hate You
10. Turn Around
11. Ship Jumper
Just Another Day
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