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Review: The Typos, S/T

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After two years of paying dues, local pop-punk group The Typos finally settled down to record, and the results are fairly impressive. The band doesn't attempt to push any boundaries or revolutionize the genre with the seven-song, self-titled EP. Instead, the record pays homage to the holy trinity of pop-punk: The Queers, Screeching Weasel and, of course, The Ramones.

The EP opens with the three-chord bounce of "Never Wanted You," a silly track that more or less sums up the band's simple, fun and loud approach. The breakdown of the song even includes the infamously idiotic nonsense verse"Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang" from David Seville's "Witch Doctor." Somewhere, Joey Ramone is smiling.

The rest of the EP cruises along with the same upbeat attitude as the opener. "The Mall" is a snot-nosed critique of consumer culture. "P-R-I-N-C-E-S-S" is a cheeky, Ramones-style attack on the stuck-up girls that dudes in pop-punk bands NEVER get with. But on plucky EP-closer "Object of My Affection," The Typos sound more like Green Day than The Ramones, the track unfortunately giving way to awkward sound bytes from live shows.

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