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Published on May 14, 2012
Artist: Sad Boys Album: Demo CS Release: 2012 Label: Self-Released
1. Hate Sex 2. Bug Bites 3. Cortex Vortex 4. Violent Violence 5. Ballantine 6. Bondage 7. Frolic! 8. Crucidix 9. Eat Shit 10. I Am Not A Girl 11. Sad & Drunk 12. Sad Boys
Here's something a bit out of left field in our "modern punk" landscape. Sad Boys are a new Brooklyn band featuring way too many blonde people, some of which happen to be members of Nomad, Question, Zatsuon, Putrida, Long Pigs, etc. that play the most pogo-able punk of any NYC band. Taking inspiration from early 90s Japanese street punk (allegedly), the band writes songs so catchy that some might mistake this for pop-punk. OK, that might be a stretch, and they will hate me for saying that, but I call it like I see it. The female vocals sound like a feral seven year old boy and the guitar lines, while fairly homogenous, are amongst the catchiest you're likely to hear all year. The basslines are jumpy and stupid and the drums are really the only thing keeping this together. It's great! The band churns out hit after hit, but I'm thinking "Frolic!" is the best (or worst, depending on where you stand on the "Sad Boys" issue) of them all.
As I said before, not much sounds like this at this point in time. During their set over the weekend, most people weren't prepared for what laid ahead, but, in the end, I saw more pogoing during their set than any other show in (recent or otherwise) memory. Try and find a catchier demo this year, you won't. To buy, email mhillerson[at]gmail[dot]com http://icoulddietomorrow.blogspot.com/