Averman - Hide Your Girlfriends [EP]
Record Label: Round Kid Records
Release Date: October 31, 2009
Four-piece from Virginia Beach playing "realest pop-punk" (sic). In reality, they would fit right at home on Run For Cover or Paper+Plastick and are part of an up-and-coming group of bands getting attention for their no-nonsense approach to sincere pop-punk.
How is it?
All the talk of the "rebirth" of pop-punk makes it hard to decipher which bands are doing things right. It feels a lot like a group of religious practicioners trying to convince you that while all preaching the same concept, every one of them is subtly different from the other. Averman really doesn't make a certifiable promise that sets them apart from anyone else in the genre, but they do play fast, raw tunes from a genuine perspective.
Their debut EP is a blend of New Found Glory/Saves the Day influence that rivals Man Overboard and Fireworks-type pop-punk: brief doses of firy melodies over fast rhythms. You know what you're getting into, and if you're easy to please, Averman is speaking directly to you. The songs are tight yet frayed around the corners. Subject matter fails to stray too far from typical pop-punk territory, but ultimately what will catch listeners' attention are vocals and hook-factor. "Dictator" is a rather cut-and-dry for an opener, but "Boner Jamz '09" satisfies such quotas. You'll be damned if you aren't finding your toes tapping to "Sweep the Leg" or ignore some of the slight cheesiness of "Hey Girl" and reflect on the pleasant melody at work. Hey, this isn't exactly rocket science, but pop-punk is what it is; this is an EP of five songs that display the varying tempo and talents of a young group looking for their footing. With only so many ways to do it justice, it's good to see a few of the bands in this pack are making themselves stand out a little more than others.