Powepop Review: The Breakdowns’ Rock n Roller Skates
Their debut LP reminded me a bit of a ragged Plimsouls. They followed that up with The Kids Don’t Wanna Bop Anymore, a nod to The Ramones and a pretty good record albeit a little spotty. With their latest effort entitled Rock n Roller Skates, the band continues to write melodies and hooks that stick, but this time with a step up in production values. The difference is alarming.
“UK Youth” starts the disc off with handclaps and Ramones guitar riffs that powerpop fans will go ga-ga for. “Rock City Limit” is a bit of a departure and has a little bit of a Springsteen flavor to it. “Off The Record” is a another hooky powerpop gem.
Fans of “Rock n Roll High School” will get a kick out of “Sweet Pamela Jayne”, a song the band wrote about PJ Soles. You may remember her as Riff Randell in the Ramones movie classic or as Bill Murray’s co-star in Stripes.
The Ramones references don’t stop there. The guitar break in “Stick ’em Up Buddy” was lifted from “The KKK Took My Baby Away”. With most of the 11 songs clocking in at 3 minutes or less, there’s a great deal to like about this disc. After all, who doesn’t love 11 quick hits of hook-filled, melodic goodness?
These guys just keep getting better. Hopefully, folks will start to take notice.