No Idea Records, BandCamp [Shallow Cuts], BandCamp [No Idea])
Artist: Shallow Cuts (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp)
Shallow Cuts' full-length debut Empty Beach Town is 12 songs of outstanding power pop punk rock 'n' roll. Picking up where 2014's excellent Storm Watch left off, Empty Beach Town absolutely knocks it out of the park proving that Shallow Cuts are a band to be reckoned with. Mixing elements of melodic punk rock, classic rock 'n' roll, and power pop, Shallow Cuts have created a sound that is unbelievably catchy, fresh, and familiar all at the same time. If you've never heard Shallow Cuts, imagine if members of Latterman, Nothington, Superchunk, Leatherface, Sinkhole, Hot Water Music, and Material Issue got together and jammed with Matthew Sweet, Kurt Baker, and Eddie Money and you'd have a pretty good idea of what's going on here. Even that description doesn't do this band justice because they are that damn good. Empty Beach Town is a stellar full-length debut and easily one of the best records of 2016.