Review: Old Growth – S/T

Originally published in Punk Planet September/October 2006

Boilerplate pop-punk from a trio that hits the right poses but sometimes ambles half-hearted through the proceedings. Tracks occasionally hint at a bluesy undercurrent or hidden wells of melancholy but most the 11-song outing is safe with a capital S, circling around fuzzy guitars and the usual head-bopping refrains. The exception is “Been Here,” an incredible exercise in Ramones worship that borders on the frenetic.

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