Devious Ones - Plainview Nights LP
No Front Teeth Records
True to form, the band has stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park! ‘Plainview Nights’ really does set the bar high for what a good power pop influenced punk rock song should sound like. On ‘Plainview Nights’ the Devious Ones straddle the line between both of those genres, on numerous songs, and do it well. These 10 tracks brim with energy and pack a tremendous punch - with knockout hooks galore. From the songwriting to the production to the sheer tightness of the band, everything about this record is on point. If you're craving great straight-forward powerpop / punk anthems, songs like "Eyes Off You", “Trouble Seems To Find Me” and "Young Relic" will totally hit the spot. Elsewhere the band works elements of garage rock on "GarbagePicker", a little '60s pop gloss on "My Romance In Somnambulance" and good rootsy rock on "Southwest Sunrise" that really packs a punk rock punch. The high point for me is the title track: a four-and-a-half minute toe-tapper that merits instant anthem status with melodic hooks galore. It’s a super catchy song and definate centerpiece of the album with the nine other tracks sitting firmly behind it. Another winner on No Front Teeth Records.