Secret Mission (2017)
This Boys Order LP was sent to me to review by Secret Mission records. It's one of a few records they sent over, all by Japanese bands that I had never heard of. I'm fairly tuned in to some of the great Japanese bands out there, but this package was a bit of a slap to the face and a reminder that I'm always going to be painfully unaware of what's really going on over there. I'll try my best to keep up.
Boys Order are playing a hyperactive strain of punky power pop with quick tempos, manic drumming and a penchant for playing lots of high bass notes. It's undeniably catchy and a pretty fun listen. Whether it's the buzzsaw pace and killer chorus of "Midnight Triangle" or the the straight up pop punk of "Blue Blue Red," Boys Order have their share of hits on Do The Wildcat. The vocals are definitely going to leave an impression, they're very up front in the mix and I think you'll probably love them or hate them. For me it depends on the song, but for the most part I think everything comes together pretty well.
There are a handful of songs that slow things down just a little bit on here like "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind" and those are probably less successful than the rest of the album. But they are few and far between. The bulk of the album is sugar fueled, dynamic punk rock that I'm pretty glad I had the opportunity to check out.
Boys Order - Do The Wildcat: