Friday, April 10, 2015

Album Review: ‘Tales From Wyoming’ by Teenage Bottlerocket

Title:  Tales From Wyoming (Official, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist:  Teenage Bottlerocket (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace,, Wikipedia)

Teenage Bottlerocket is THE quintessential pop punk band.  More than Screeching Weasel, more than the Descendents, hell even more than the Ramones, Teenage Bottlerocket epitomize the genre.  The band’s sixth full-length, and first for Rise Records, Tales From Wyoming is everything one would expect from TBR and then some.  With songs that are as catchy as they are quirky, TBR tackles topics ranging from love and girls to Minecraft and Metallica.  Tales… is this first time that the band has worked with legendary producer Bill Stevenson (ALL, Descendents) and the result is pretty much perfection.  Overall the record is a bit slower than previous efforts (most songs are in the faster-mid-tempo range) and includes the band’s first acoustic ballad, the beautiful closing track “First Time” but that is not to say that the record is lacking energy because it is not.  In fact, the record is bursting with energy and dares the listener to not sing and dance along.  From start to finish Tales From Wyoming is a perfect pop punk record that should even turn folks that aren’t fans of the genre into fans of the band.    

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