- Mon, 2010-08-09 15:21
We seem to be running low on punk. Ever since Sum 41 and Good Charlotte turned it into pop, and My Chemical Romance took the remains and used it to put emo on the front pages, it seems to have been in low supply. Maybe it’s been going strong all this time and we’ve just been looking for it in the wrong places. Either way, whether it’s been hibernating or simply hiding, the new single from The Thermals makes us very happy indeed.
I Don’t Believe You is a raucous, three-chord punk tune with a slightly despondent but nonetheless fantastically catchy vocal. It’s primary point of departure is the no-nonsense punk pioneered by Bad Religion and subsequent bands like NOFX and Lagwagon, but it tempers the harder edges of the sound with a nod to garage rock, resulting in a sound that sits somewhere between Samiam and early We Are Scientists. In short, it’s full of spiky guitars, bucket-loads of energy and simple but strong melody lines.
i.e. It’s exactly what we’ve been missing all this time.