This 7" wraps up the 3rd volume of the All In Vinyl split 7" Singles Series. Since Art Of The Underground vanished into the night (with some unfulfilled subscriptions floating around out there I would think), All In Vinyl stands tall as the kings of the 7" subscription package. They put out records by bands I like and they don't take my money and not give me records unlike some other singles clubs (cough, cough...Cowabunga Records). I hope they are already making plans for their 4th series.
From the US we've got Science Police. They're playing Ramones friendly pop-punk that's short, catchy and sprinkled with some keyboards. Though I wish they'd invest in some longer songs, the 3 on this 7" are a pretty solid introduction to the band. I know some of these guys were involved in The Steinways, so I'm sure that'll make some additional people check these guys out.
For me, the highlight is definitely the Zatopeks. These UK based punkers contribute two stellar songs. Their first track "Hang Up My Hat"is pretty straight up pop punk, fast paced and like Science Police, quite catchy. However, when you get to their second song, "All My Dreams Are Borrowed" this band shines. It's a bit more bouncy and mid-tempo, giving the band a chance to catch their breath and focus on some melodies. But what seals it for me are the absolutely killer backing vocals that really elevate this song to be something special. They should do whatever it takes to make those backing vocals a permanent part of the band. Just a great, great song.
Science Police / Zatopeks - Split 7":