Also new from Full House Records, and in a somewhat similar (though more "polished") pop-punk style, is "Everything’s Fine… Act Brave and Die", the latest from Flippin’ Beans. These guys have a little bit more of a Bad Religion-ish kind of thing going on (musically and, to some degree, lyrically as well), though the material lacks the super clean and clear recording quality. I don’t particularly think that matters overall, but I do think a slightly more rounded out set of tones would benefit the overall impact of this record. There’s a weird kind of diversity happening too, seeing as there are a couple of heavier riffs that creep into place now and then, but there are also some "poppier" little areas more reminiscent of a Blink-182 style or something (but I actually really like Blink-182 so I’m not downing Flippin’ Beans in that regard at all). I could definitely do without the unexpected ska-isms of "Destroy" and "Pissed in the Eye" (though the latter’s a little more tolerable), but I think the real issue is that the band needs to do a little more work on fusing their interests cohesively. When they set aside the almost overly staccato chord progressions and farther outside influences and just unleash the catchiest or most fluid output they’re at their best, and that’s something to consider for the future. This is another one that I didn’t expect to enjoy very much, and though it’s not as consistently energetic or memorable as The Heartburns, as far as pop-punk goes there’s still some solid work to be encountered here.
As above, make the grab if this is your thing: