Thursday, December 09, 2021

Snotty Cheekbones - Avanti

Snotty Cheekbones, who were major players in the powerhouse European pop-punk scene of the early 2000s, are back with their first new music in 15 years. Avanti, the Swiss band's fifth long player, has been released on 10" vinyl by the illustrious Monster Zero. I've grown very picky about pop-punk in recent years, but I have to say that Avanti really hits the sweet spot for me. It successfully blends '90s pop-punk influences with '70s punk rock influences. It's well-produced but doesn't sound overly slick. Lyrically, it's intelligent and full of substance. Most importantly, the songs are well-crafted and catchy as hell. With pop-punk music, the point is never to reinvent the wheel. But Snotty Cheekbones have managed to deliver a record that doesn't sound like something I've heard 10,000 times before. Avanti is a fresh take on a classic style and a great reminder of why I'm so drawn to the European variant of pop-punk. Vinyl is limited but still very much available!

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