Rad Girlfriend / It's Alive (2015)
It's very difficult to tell from this picture, but the vinyl color is actually a very dark purple. You can really only notice when you hold it up to the light, but it's there. This will be my last normal review for the year. Tomorrow I'll be posting my end of the year list and then I'll take another little break until Monday of next week.
Hospital Job comes in right under the wire as the last record I picked up in 2015. It'll be the last one eligible for my year end list, but it's kind of difficult to rank (and review for that matter) as I've only been able to go through it a couple of times. I am, however, familiar enough with the band from their past albums to know that if you like the prior Hospital Job records, chances are you'll dig this one as well.
I've always felt that Hospital Job walks a tightrope between the big guitar rock of ill fated major label rock bands of the mid 90's and poppy-punk sounds of the late 90's/early 2000's. When the band is leaning on the crunchy guitar attack of bands like Treble Charger and The Figgs is when Hospital Job is at their best. The times where they drift over to the sounds of bands like Blink-182 (which vocally they are always on the cusp of doing) are the times where Never Get Cold doesn't resonate as strongly with me.
The one thing you can count on when you listen to a Hospital Job record is a solid album with a handful of pretty great songs. They never write any bad songs and there's usually enough monkeying around and weirdness thrown into the mix to keep things interesting. I'm not sure that I'll ever rank them as one of my favorite bands, but I always end up enjoying their songs and will always buy their new records.
Hospital Job - Never Get Cold: