Artist: Dan Vapid and The Cheats (Official, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, BandCamp, Last.fm, Wikipedia)
Dan Vapid and The Cheats’ sophomore album Two is that perfect blend of pop punk, power pop, and doo wop that one would expect from the songwriting genius of Dan Vapid. From the opening chords of “I’m a Contrarian” to the closing swaying of “A Long Way” Two, like its predecessor Dan Vapid and The Cheats, sounds like a trip through the career of Mr. Vapid. Being a long-time fan of Vapid’s career makes Dan Vapid and The Cheats that much more enjoyable. Now that’s not to say that one needs to be a fan of or familiar with Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, The Methadones, and Noise By Numbers to enjoy Two, because you don’t, this record clearly stands on its own. But for those familiar with the aforementioned groups, when listening to Dan Vapid and The Cheats, you can hear the different pieces that made those bands great, all in one spot. One of the record’s standout moments is “Beaten Down” with its spot on social commentary (something that we don’t get that often from Vapid). Overall this is another extremely satisfying record and a must for fans of pop punk and power pop.