After music hunting all last week I found my love for pop punk completely rekindled. So, y’all are going to see a lot of that coming down the pike. And, as of right now, I’m convinced that husky dudes from the Midwest churn out the highest caliber pop-punk in the world. Cincinatti’s Dead North are a prime example. There’s something endearingly “aw shucks” about these guys, like they might get flustered by a pretty girl complimenting their set after a show. I mean, the influences here are easy to trace, but I don’t care about that. What I need from this band, what it gives me, is a break from all the other bullshit I listen to, e.g. hip hop songs about clothing/money/butts/guns, hardcore songs about self-loathing and societal angst/personal integrity, and indie songs about existential crises while obtaining one’s liberal arts degree. Dead North do tidy pop songs about girls and being confused and thank God that’s what they’re up to.