Valenteens: Fun in the Sun with 7"
Debut EP from this melodic punk band out of Chicago. These guys have the kind of heavy, driving punk sound that has enough of a melodic element that it could maybe even appeal to an indie rock crowd... I'm reminded of bands like Superchunk, Pavement, and Dinosuar Jr. I feel like that sound is kind of having a revival at the moment, and while a lot of them attempt it not many of them have the pop chops of the Valenteens, especially given how heavy and punk this record is. If you dig the aforementioned bands (particularly early Superchunk) give this a try... it's a real standout.