The Reaganomics – Lower The Bar

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The Reaganomics

Lower The Bar - Red Scare Industries

In my review for The Hung Ups’ self-titled album, I talked about how sometimes a CD will just simply work. There’s no real reasons behind it – it just works.

The Reaganomics are like that on their sophomore album Lower The Bar. Like The Hung UpsLower The Bar just simply works. However, this times there’s a lot more reasons behind why it is that Lower The Bar works so wonderfully.

For you see, The Reaganomics are your perfect Fest-infused pop-punk band. Lower The Bar is seventeen songs that play through in under twenty-eight minutes and never once lets up. Fast paced, impeccably produced, sing-along anthems and lyrics about nonsensical topics flood the album making it one of the more memorable releases to see the light of day so far this year. Think Teenage Bottlerocket with The Copyrights and some Hextalls. Throw in the angst of Dear Landlord and Nothington and vocals similar to Nikola Sarcevic of Millencolin delivered at twice the speed and intensity. There are times where it is reminiscent of the Epitaph Records roster at the turn of the century – you know, Pulley, Osker, No Fun At All, 1208 and what not- just with a rougher edge to them. Really, this is just fast, catchy, fun stuff and it makes sense that it’s from the heart of Illinois.

One of the best things about the album is the no-holds-barred lyrics. Not one of these songs will make you think or piece together a higher meaning. Rather, The Reaganomics sing about pointless stuff that piss them off or entertains them.  Ed Hardy decries the trend hoppers, Chor An Idiot and Stop Sending Me Evites To Your Shows condemn the use of the internet, Chireland attacks idea of trying to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day for no apparent reason and Directive 5 is all about Robocop. The WB, by far one of the catchiest tracks of the album that blasts through in under a minute and a half, details those arrogant dicks that everyone hates.

Yes, at seventeen tracks there are one or two filler tracks – but at just a minute in length they don’t last long. But as a collective effort, Lower The Bar is a straight out success. It is completely satisfying without pushing any boundaries. They know what they’re trying to do and do it well in a self-deprecating manner that only punk rock kids can.

Definitely an album to tide you over until the new Screeching Weasel hits stores.