Gozerians – “Squatter EP”

Album Reviews | Dec 1st, 2011

Record Label: S/R
Genre: Punk
Band Link: www.myspace.com/thegozerians
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Can’t hate on a band named after Gozer the Gozerian of Sumeria. Luckily, there is no need to hate anyway. This three-piece plays fun punk rock with a Screeching Weasel attitude, Vandals light-heartedness, quick Queers-like guitar solos, and just the right amount of brash sloppiness.

Another highlight is the nimble basswork (check out the beginning to “Victim of Absurdity” and “The Squatter”), which is something I always dig in punk rock. The drums seem overly exuberant and thrashy (okay – sloppy), but it adds to the youthful charm.

I miss the early ’90s, when the music on “Squatter” defined Pop Punk, before it got co-opted by mall punk and emo. This EP shows that pop punk isn’t dead – it’s just taking a squat.

Bottom Line: Catchy, endearingly snotty pop punk.
Notable Tracks: Local Show Routine, Victim of Absurdity, Hey Psycho
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