Emily’s Army’s debut album Don’t Be a Dick is a 14-song, high energy, pop punk romp. The songs include a wide variety of teenage angst driven themes like disgust with sports figures (“Asslete”), frustration with lack of good music on the radio (“Broadcast This”), and All Hallows Eve shenanigans (“Ho-lloween”). Sonically the record is deeply influenced by the Bay Area punk scene, especially the pop punk records released by Lookout! Records (there are some very Mr. T Experience moments on Don’t Be a Dick) but there are also moments of ‘60s power pop (“Burn Apollo”) that show this band’s potential. The fact that these kids are barely able to legally start learning how to drive and have still put out a record that is this good is quite impressive. The album’s standout moment is the anthem “”I Wanna Be Remembered.”
Don’t Be a Dick is a great debut album from a band that shows a great deal of promise. I highly recommend giving Emily’s Army a listen if you are a fan of any of the high number of Bay Area pop punk bands.