So, you can probably file this one under conflict of interest or paid advertisement. The fact that I do a record label with my buddy Alan hasn't really bled into my dumb little website here too often, primarily because it's been twelve years since we've put out a new record. That drought has finally come to an end as PopKid is one of the lucky labels that gets to release the newest album from Chestnut Road.
If you're a long time reader, there's a better than average chance you probably know Chestnut Road already. I've reviewed every one of their records here. I'm not reviewing their new LP because PopKid is releasing it, PopKid is releasing their new LP because I love to review their records. Without question, Chestnut Road is one of my favorite current bands. You can find example after example of me gushing over how great they are. Their latest full length is no exception.
Chestnut Road's LPII embraces the past work of the band while continuing to develop their songwriting skills. In many ways it reminds me of the growth that Broccoli showed on their 2nd album, Home. Each track on LPII packs a huge blast of the catchiness and intensity that I love of Chestnut Road, but there are moments where the sounds expand and the band really puts it all out there. From the full throttle, hook filled "Handshake" to the dynamic guitar work of "Bittersweet" to the blistering chorus shouting "die alone!" on "Lost In The Snow," this is Chestnut Road really standing up and proclaiming themselves as being every bit as good as their influences.
Leatherface, Broccoli, Hooton 3 Car, Jawbreaker, Dillinger Four, Hot Water Music and the list goes on and on of bands that have been playing raspy vocaled, intricate punk rock that is catchy and intense all at the same time. You can add Chestnut Road to this list. They've earned it. I would be writing this exact same review regardless of who put out this record. It's simply amazing and the fact that PopKid is able to be a part of it is wonderful and humbling. The fact that we're able to co-release with Brassneck Records and Snuffy Smiles also blows my mind as I have infinite amounts of respect for both labels. I hope everyone else out there loves it as much as I do.
You can pick up the record a few ways.
In North America, you can buy the full length vinyl LP from PopKid records at:
If you're not into records and just want MP3s, the PopKid Bandcamp page can assist:
If you are in Europe, Brassneck Records will be your destination.
Lastly, if you are in Japan, you can grab a copy from Snuffy Smiles.
Chestnut Road - LPII: