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Artist: Deforesters (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, BandCamp, Spotify)
Deforesters have delivered a stellar full-length debut in Leonard. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Deforesters play a sickeningly catchy brand of gruff and melodic punk rock that is equal parts Nothington and Screeching Weasel. Mixing the best of the melodic, the pop, and the punk, Leonard plows forward with tight hooks, big choruses, and lyrics that are as intelligent as they are thoughtful and witty. This is the kind of band and the kind of record that sounds and feels like it is a product of the scene in Gainesville, and while that is absolutely a compliment, this band is so much more. Behind the gruff vocals and punk hooks, is a tremendous pop sensibility that goes far beyond one genre or one era of rock 'n' roll. Bottom line, this is a killer record that is a must for fans of Red City Radio, Against Me!, Timeshares, Hot Water Music, The Fest, or any of the aforementioned bands.
You can also check out my interview with Deforesters' lead singer / bassist Pod on episode # 7 of the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spreaker.