When I pulled this out of the package of CDs sent to me from Waterslide records, I immediately started to smile. The artwork for this album is fantastic, a spin on the old art used by Mutant Pop records for their 7"s back in the 90's. Even though I didn't love everything that Mutant Pop put out, they had some spectacular releases. If you don't have those Underhand 7"s, you really should go buy them right away.
Felix! (The Band) fits in the Mutant Pop mold as well. At their core they are the epitome of a 1990s pop punk band. Probably most similar to bands on the pop punk spectrum like The Riverdales, Squirtgun and Zoinks!. They've got the blasting power chords, the three chord transitions, a little bit of octaves for some dynamics and lots of catchy choruses. They're at their best when there's a little bit of whoa-ing in the background during the choruses of songs like "Sunday" and "I'm Still Waiting For You."
It's kind of funny listening to Felix! (The Band). They just sound so much like an American band from the 90's, you find yourself forgetting that this album only came out last year. It's a nice and refreshing listen. Twenty years ago this may have gotten lost in the shuffle with so many other bands around at the time, but now they stand out as something new, fresh and pretty unique in 2016 (or 2015 when the record came out).
Felix! (The Band) - What To Do In Case Of Fire?: