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Old Wives / The Blendours - split [12-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Old Wives / The Blendours

Old Wives / The Blendours: split [12-inch]split [12-inch] (2013)
Eccentric Pop Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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What first drew me to this record were the frequent message board comparisons to Screeching Weasel, Green Day, and the '90s Lookout Records sound in general. It's crazy, these bands both approach this sound from completely different angles, but each manage to arrive at the same spot somehow. Old Wiv.


What first drew me to this record were the frequent message board comparisons to Screeching Weasel, Green Day, and the '90s Lookout Records sound in general. It's crazy, these bands both approach this sound from completely different angles, but each manage to arrive at the same spot somehow. Old Wives may have heard a few more Crimpshrine records, and the Blendours may have spun a few more Muffs LPs in their day, but they're still rooted in the exact same tradition: Power chords. Marshall amps. Vocal harmonies. Pop Punk. Classic, leather jacket pop punk. The kind that would make Joey Ramone proud.

Edmonton, Alberta's Old Wives take the A-side of this split, offering up six tracks of riff-driven, a-little-bit-tough-but-still-a-nice-guy pop punk that brings to mind early Blink 182 more than anything else. But I get the impression that they might bristle at that comparison? I don't know. They're solid tunes, with a recurring theme of growing up and how much it sucks. It's clear from the lyrics and the songwriting, that punk rock has been the driving force in these guy's lives for a long time. I can relate.

On the B-side, Iowa City's the Blendours counter the laments of aging with nine sonic assaults of adolescent absurdity and humor. And that is in no way a bad thing â?? the Blendours are one of the best, if one of the least known, pop punk bands in the world at the moment, with complex male/female harmonies, clever, goofy lyrics, and a healthy nod to '50s rock 'n roll and even a hint of '80s new wave. It's tough to picture, but imagine Buddy Holly playing distorted guitars, with Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's) singing backing vocals. It's beautiful, it's unique, and it's hard to get out of your head.

 

 
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skolarx (February 15, 2014)

the more i've listened to this, the more i think that the reviewer has his head up his ass. I don't hear any Blink 182 or Muffs in any of this. it's 100% Melted Records/ Lookout / Mutant Pop worship, the same as anything else that Eccentric Pop has released so far (which makes them by far my favorite label at the moment.) I'm hearing the Proms, Dirt Bike Annie, Kung Fu Monkeys and Beatnik Termites in these bands...

skolarx (February 13, 2014)

got this record a few days ago and i'm in love. totally brings to mind Mutant Pop bands, though Old Wives remind me more of Riverboat Gamblers than anything (mostly the vocals)

schwenny (October 11, 2013)

Blendours are so good. Hoping they do another electric album like this.

ak3punk (October 11, 2013)

The old wives are incredible. If you like TBR or the Copyrights you'll love this band.

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