Snuffy Smiles (2014)
I'm not sure how many times I have to say it before everyone agrees, so I'll try again. Snuffy Smiles is the best record label in the world. They've been putting out non-stop hits since the early 90's and continue to blow my mind every single time they release a new record into the wild. Case in point is their current poster child band, Your Pest Band. Your Pest Band has been cranking out records at almost an alarming rate. I kind of can't comprehend how they've put out so many great releases over the last couple of years, yet still manage to change up their sound and remain fresh and exciting.
I will admit to not being as completely in love with their last album, In Your Doom. I felt they stretched out their sound a little to much and sacrificed some of the scrappy pop punk that I love. Time To Go may be the band's masterpiece. They still take chances, from the slow, boozy almost Replacements-esque opener "Time To Go" to the twangy guitar riffs on "Await For Something," this is not a band afraid to exploring a multitude of sounds. However, these explorations are held together with excellent punked up pop songs; the kind that Snuffy Smiles has built their name on over the past few decades.
For some reason, my copy of this record is a test pressing. I just bought from a distro so I guess it just got mixed into the regular records somehow. I'm not really into collecting test pressings, so it doesn't really matter to me, but I guess some folks might consider this hitting the lottery in some capacity. I'm just happy to have a copy of this amazing record spinning around on my turntable.
Your Pest Band - "Time To Go":
Your Pest Band - "You Were The Rebel":