Oh Yes You Better Do
(Boat Dreams from the Hill)
US: 7 Jul 2009
UK: 7 Jul 2009
What is it about summer that makes everything around you so damn intoxicating, palpable and, in a sense, permanent? Is it the smell of freshly cut grass, the hope of love under dusk or a thousand other cliches? Whatever it may be, Vancouver’s pop-punkers Animal Names have attempted to provide a soundtrack for this year’s fading summer on its latest EP, Oh Yes You Better Do. The only problem is the EP has only hit two of the three aforementioned listed pitches. Once old man winter begins to show himself, it’s likely Animal Names will fade into obscurity. The eight tracks on Oh Yes You Better Do certainly show Animal Names’ penchant for flowery hooks and tragically beguile-less wordplay, yet is this enough to set Animal Names apart from the hoards of other pop-punk outfits dominating stereos this summer? Although the excellent production on the record attempts to prove otherwise, the short answer is no.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.
// Sound Affects
"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.READ the article