Review: Old Growth – S/T

Boilerplate pop-punk from a trio that hits the right poses but sometimes ambles half-hearted through the proceedings. Tracks occasionally hint at a bluesy undercurrent or hidden wells of melancholy but most the 11-song outing is safe with a capital S, circling around fuzzy guitars and the usual head-bopping refrains. The exception is “Been Here,” an incredible exercise in Ramones worship that borders on the frenetic. – Punk Planet, September/October 2006

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About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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