If you are into power pop then you will wait to listen to the recent self-titled EP Punch Punch Kick from Punch Punch Kick. My first thoughts were that they sound like a combination of Weezer and Fountain of Wayne. These also happened to be my last thoughts. As far as power pop goes this is more or less the genre perfected. The production, hooks and everything else can’t be denied.
Some might consider this type of music a bit of a guilty pleasure. It might not be something you will find a thirty five-year-old guy blasting out of his car but I guarantee he will be listening to it on headphones. The songs are like bursts of energy that are highly addictive. Sure it might be overly poppy for some but I’ll take it.
The band consisting of Phil McDonald (vocals/guitar), Chris Miranda (guitar/vocals), Ryan Malloy (bass/vocals) and Reade Pryor (drums) have some innate chemistry. The band is a tight unit always playing in the pocket and supporting the betterment of the song. They are all about concise bursts of sound that are pure ear candy.
The EP kicks off with “What The Kids Don’t Know.” They transform from sounding like Weezer on the verse to Fountains Of Wayne during the chorus. Despite the comparisons the song can stand on its own as a Punch Punch Kick original. Although most of the songs could be a “single” I think “Seventeen” might be the most single worthy. The riffs and overall structure is something you could easily hear blasting across the FM airwaves.
The truth is if you like the first two songs I have little doubt you will be enjoying “Not My Problem,” “Bad Dream” and “Someone Else.” There aren’t many surprises on this EP but as I mentioned if you are a fan of powerpop this is your ticket.
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