RabbitPunch – ‘First Round Knock Out’   3 comments

From St Louis, Missouri, punk rock band RabbitPunch have just self released their debut EP, ‘First Round Knock Out’. Influenced by The Groovy Ghoulies, The Ramones and Green Day, they’re aiming for a style portraying ‘upbeat, fun power punk’.

Comic Books Kept Me Up All Night – Very punky intro, instantly resonant of Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ album. Tight, light and upbeat, with a classic 90’s sound. Simplistic and nostalgic, it’s a faultless performance, based around a simple riff and it works. Not what you’d call heavy punk, but for those on the fringes of the scene and those whose tastes lean more towards the gentler forms, it will work well.

Admin Leaving Fun – Another basic riff intro, the style reminds me of The Wonder Stuff’s ‘I Hate Everything About You’ era. More universally suitable party stuff, than contentious Sex Pistols, but still, it’s a fun listen and it’ll do nicely, if you’re just after something to chill out to, at the end of a long, hard day.

Nightcrawler – Harmonising at the opening, it’s vocally cohesive and still uplifting. Some quite catchy riffs in there and though it may be a tad repetitive and disco-ish, it doesn’t really matter, since it’s such a pleasant listen, with a happy buzz about it.

When Jimmy Talks – Nice bass intro there and more drumming emphasis. Riffs growing slightly heavier, but that’s not replicated vocally. Kind of intriguing, though and pleasantly enthusiastic, in its own way. Really, I’d just like to know who Jimmy is and where they found him. One thing that can be said for this is that it’s definitely melodic – always a good thing, IMHO.

Overall – A brief and innocuous return to the nostalgic innocence and lost youth of the early 90’s light punk scene. So it may not win any prizes for heavy complexity, but that’s okay, cos that’s not its’ aim anyway. As far as its’ actual aim of light-hearted, fun, knock-about punk goes, it succeeds.

5/10 *****

For fans of Green Day, The Wonder Stuff, The Beach Boys.

Available now, internationally, in both CD and digital format, at http://www.cdbaby.com.


Posted August 30, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

3 responses to “RabbitPunch – ‘First Round Knock Out’

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