Formed only nine months ago, New Orleans based snotty punk/hardcore mob, PEARS, are set to release their debut ten-track album Go to Prison on January 30th via Gunner Records. Having toured the States relentlessly since their formation and recently shared the stage with US pop punk mainstays Direct Hit, this four-piece guaranteed to impress even the most ignorant of NOFX fans.
The album, recorded by James Whitten (A Wilhelm Scream, Streetlight Manifesto), kicks off with a 53 second track titled You’re Boring. Fuelled by screamed-vocals and chanty choruses, it’s a good start. However, track two, Victim to Be sounds similar to something by Kid Dynamite. From the beginning this records mashes genuine pop punk with real hardcore, and it’s brilliant. Following in its footsteps is Breakfast, which lends itself to the plethora of genres that this record covers, bearing slight similarities to some old Papa Roach tracks.
Sycophant speeds up the album again, leaning back towards the faster, heavier sounds we heard in track one, while Forever Sad and Framework sound like The Transplants and NOFX screaming at each other over shots of vodka – and it works. The album continues with this heavy streak throughout Terrible, before switching to a Ramones-like drum beat for Judy Is A Punk (surprise, surprise). Little Bags has more of a pop punk feel to it throughout the verses, which gives a clear indication as to why the band chose to tour with Direct Hit. Album closer Grimespree sticks to the same theme, just with a few extra metal-esque riffs and screams.
“We have covered a lot of ground in the first 9 months of us being around,” says vocalist and guitarist Brian Pretus, “And we don’t plan on stopping until we’re the first punk band to ever play in North Korea. I’m dead serious. So pull up a chair and get comfy, and prepare yourself for the longwinded downward spiral insanity story that is PEARS. It’s going to be rad as fuck.”