I used to have a general theory, and it’s that pop punk sucks. I’m not talking about the Screeching Weasel types or Ramones influenced (Teenage Bottlerocket) bands, but those who have way too many poppy breakdowns for me to actually enjoy. Then Hold Tight! comes along with their 2010 release “Can’t Take This Away” and blows my theory completely out of the water.
Richmond’s Hold Tight plays (surprise!) pop punk, but here’s the kicker… it’s good, really fucking good. The thing that usually gets me about pop punk are the vocals (usually so damn whiney), but the singer belts out the lyrics passionately, but without the whine.
Sounding like the illegitimate love child of Lifetime, Lawrence Arms and Blink 182, the songs are catchy without being cheesy. This is fun, pop punk done completely the right way. Definitely top 10 of the year material. Oh, and they are giving away the album for free… doesn’t get much cooler than that.