Friday, April 12, 2013
Meet The Little Richards!
Pop-punk as a musical genre tends to be hit-or-miss. When it's not good, it sucks something awful. But when it is good, it's pretty much the best music ever. The Little Richards, out of the Massachusetts North Shore, seem to fall in the latter category. They do pop-punk right, owing a stylistic debt to The Ramones that they make no attempt whatsoever to hide. Their latest demo is up on their Bandcamp page, and it's freaking awesome! Having specialized in writing about this type of music for much of my "career", I'm always pumped to hear a band that reminds me why I got into pop-punk in the first place. The Little Richards make me feel like I'm 25 again! They are not doing anything remotely original. But that's the whole point! They realize that with this kind of music, the goal isn't to break new ground. The goal is to make the listener not care that you're not breaking new ground! These songs are just so fun and catchy, and the minimalist production really suits the rougher edge this band brings to the pop-punk style. And you have to give them bonus points for the band name! If you can't get enough of the Ramones/Queers/Riverdales thing, here's your next favorite band.