Posts Tagged ‘smash hits’

Lunchbox at Performer

Lunchbox, or Tim and Donna to their friends, have unleashed a pretty rad collection of tracks that will satisfy any crate-digger looking for nuggets of pure, unadulterated noise-pop goodness. The leadoff track, “Heaven,” is a wonderfully fuzzed-out garage classic, oozing with a sugary-sweet melody and shoegaze-approved guitars.

More so than their previous releases, Smash Hits features a slightly edgier sonic quality. Our favorite track is “(It’s Your) Lovesong” from Side B – it hits all the right notes any self-respecting old-school punk fan will appreciate, and it does it all in the span of about two minutes.

The tracks on Smash Hits are short, but that’s probably a good thing. The EP’s runtime of about 12 minutes provides just enough of a jolt to perk you up without overstaying its welcome. Highly recommended.


Lunchbox at The JangleDrop



Lunchbox at POP! Stereo

I’m not 100% sure Lunchbox’s single Smash Hits does indeed contain any actual smash hits but what it does contain is a shambolic romp through the indie rock and pop canon. Frenetic, noisy, and a bit chaotic Smash Hits is an energetic and noisy amalgamation of sloppy guitars, geeky vocals, and hooks the size of Texas. The whole things sounds like it might just spin off the 7” and break apart but Lunchbox manage to hold it all together for the six songs that make up this record.


Smash Hits is messy fun. It’s jumpy, hyper and is obviously fueled by a bit of pop ADHD. It’s all over the place musically but the melodies are as strong as steel and they rope your ears in. Lunchbox may bash their way through this record but I bet you remember at least one riff or chorus for days. Smash Hits is good stuff and it’s proof positive that good things do come in small packages.


Lunchbox at In Love With These Times, In Spite of These Times

Lunchbox “Paws of Destiny”
Oh me, oh my. As we remarked of their comeback album on Jigsaw Records last year, Lunchbox really have a way with tunes. Melodies simply abound: little ones, big ones, huge ones, snaking in and out everywhere. And on their ace six-track “Smash Hits” EP, also on Jigsaw, they’ve upped their game by going all kind of scuzzy-90s lo-fi, and speeding things up a notch. Yet all those melodies are still there, and they ring out through the gorgeous fuzz as clear and proud as the bells of every East End church put together.


Lunchbox at Maximum Rock and Roll

I could easily write this off as pure sugary pop, but that would be a massive fail on my part. Sure, this record is drenched in the sweet stuff, but it’s also pretty rocking. Sorta like an even sweeter Superchunk, but abrasive enough to feel quite at home in whatever shitty bar or living room that they get thrown in. I really like this. Not too sweet, not too poppy. – Kinda perfect

Lunchbox at Bloodbuzzed

Let’s move to Oakland, California, to meet Tim Brown & Donna McKean (both members of Hard Left) and their back and forth story. Formed around 1994, they released four albums, and some 7″ and EPs before they went on hiatus in 2002. Then came Birds of California, new band’s incarnation that delivered the EP ‘Great Expectations‘ on February Records in 2010, and one record, ‘One and Only‘, in 2013 on Jigsaw Records. But the duo changed back their name to Lunchbox, coming in full form with LP ‘Lunchbox Loves You‘ last year and now completing the rebirth with EP ‘Smash Hits‘ out this summer. Recalling Boyracer, Rocketship, The Faintest Ideas, their bubblegum pop with a punk edge is as full of hooks and instant-catchy melodies as fuzz and sharp edges. Smashing pop, really!


Lunchbox at Magnet

Lunchbox is a garage-rock band that made a comeback last year with Lunchbox Loves You. Its new release is called Smash Hits, a fiery and quick lo-fi EP for fans of Joyce Manor. “Heaven” is heavy on distortion and hooks. Download it below.


Lunchbox, Moon Types at Linear Tracking Lives!

Today’s vacation shot is of Devils Punch Bowl in Otter Rock, Oregon. It’s a beautiful stretch of beach known for great whale watching and surfing. During low tide, the tide pools and rocks make for some fascinating investigation, but you don’t want to be around the bowl during high tide. The water churns and foams in a most violent way. It’s really cool to watch from above. If you’re down there, though, your ultimate demise is imminent. During winter storms, the water in the bowl is known to rotate like a toilet in mid flush. How’s that for a visual?

We took a long walk from Beverly Beach State Park north to Devils Punch Bowl. Everyone was pretty tired after all of that exploration, and nobody in my family was excited to take the trek back to the park. I seemed like a selfless hero when I suggested I could go it alone to Beverly, hop in the van and drive to the Devils Punch Bowl viewpoint to pick up everyone. Truth is, I wanted to go for a run and listen to music along the way. You steal these moments when you can. Here was my soundtrack of new sounds during the jog:

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Lunchbox at Collective Zine

Summery and fuzzy indie pop from Seattle here. It’s all quite catchy and melodic – every now and then I think of the odd 90s indie band while listening to this although there is something of a 60s bubblegum pop side to their sound too. It’s also a bit noisier than your average indie pop band too. The first track, “Heaven”, is catchy and has sunshine written all over it. You could say the same about all of the tracks on offer here. Cheery, catchy stuff all round.


Lunchbox at Fear and Loathing

Seattle’s Jigsaw Records has begun an onslaught of catchy and idiosyncratic 7″ vinyl and full-length releases. I just got hip to their stylish and wayward celebration of independent music. With an ethos similar to early indie upstarts Beserkley and Stiff Records, the label is crossing boundaries while bringing back focus and fun to the scattered independent music scene. The cool thing about indie in the Internet age is that it is more accessible than ever. There was a time when you would have to stay up late to catch your local college rock station’s prime hours on a Sunday night from 11:30 pm until 2:00 am. During that time, you would hear Minor Threat, Dinosaur Jr, theSmiths, and the Descendents all in one show. Now in place of having to record the proceedings on your boom box with a 90-minute cassette, we have blogs that filter and provide instant access. Gone are the days of waiting up for a midnight show or a monthly zine to show up at a record shop an hour away. I do miss the days of rummaging and hunting down mysterious band names you would read or hear about from a friend of a friend. At the same time, things change, move forward, and transform to fill the present void.

Lunchbox is like the pleasure-seeking orphan of the Weezer Blue Album, ditching the prom with their date to go hang out in the local graveyard, dancing on the burial sites of Nick Lowe and The Simpletones. Fusing the fuzziest nuances of pop with a careless and playful fever, while burying their own inhibitions, new sounds with familiar echoes are brought to life. The kids aren’t alright and the world’s a mess, ground zero for reckless summer fun. “Smash Hits” is 13 minutes of pure indie pop-punk bliss with the just the right amount of dirty ambiance to let the raw guitar and trashy drums highlight its five star tunefulness. The 7″ format fits this extended song collection perfectly. The packaging includes a nice homage to the 90s with its cool front cover, featuring a reel-to-reel recorder and the classic back cover “footwear” photo, not to mention the perfect “slacker” font style. Six look-sharp blasts on one small record, perfect brevity.

The record fizzes with a wild aloofness and briskly cruises into overdrive producing a saccharine concerto of noise-pop wizardry. The EP kicks off with “Heaven”, a sweetPhil Spector by way of the Ramones inspired number. It’s followed by the scorching “Paws of Destiny”, which is reminiscent of the great singles that Shredder Recordsused to assemble on its classic CD compilations. The tracks “Friends” and “Flatland” provide punchy anthems replete with Rich Kids guitar style and garage rock aplomb. If you have any doubts about the rock prowess of this band, check out the kick ass “(It’s Your) Lovesong”. “Most Unlikely to Succeed” ends this collection with its self-deprecating Beach Boys harmonies and Queers style chord progressions. An essential addition to your vinyl or digital collection, my only complaint is that this classy noise-bomb of trashy pop goes by too quick, leaving you wanting more. Actually, that’s a good thing, this band plays hard to get, just the way I like it.