If you look at this CD and recognize the layout as being an homage to the label Mutant Pop records, I think that I can safely say you're probably going to like Girlfriend. To me, this EP is the perfect thing to write about that combines my desire to finish reviewing more of the Japanese CDs I've let pile up and the high that I still feel from going to the Seattle Pop Punk Festival. The best of both worlds, if you will.
Girlfriend is pretty straightforward, traditional sounding pop punk. But they attack it with a passion and energy that sets them apart from the pack. Like label mates The Hum Hums, Girlfriend excels at stringing together harmonies and addictive hooks. This is most strongly evident on my favorite track of the bunch, "Be My Girlfriend." Over a punchy, mid tempo rhythm, Girlfriend builds a catchy, anthemic song with the sort of chorus that you picture everyone shouting along to with their hands in the air.
For a band that is working within the confines of "three chord pop punk" these songs are all surprisingly dynamic. The chord progressions are unique with lots of layered lead guitar work throughout. The melodies are infectious and, to me, it's impossible not to get sucked in to these songs.
Girlfriend - A Boy's Dream: