A punk band bringing back the Spirit of '77 in the early years of the 21st Century seems like one of the unlikeliest acts to incite a major label bidding war, but after the success of their relentless debut full-length Flash Flash Flash
, that's exactly what happened with The Explosion
. Eventually landing at Virgin Records, the Boston quintet didn't water down their sound much with their jump to the majors, keeping their old-school punk revivalism largely intact and releasing Black Tape
, another fiery and catchy set of fist-pumping anthems. After finishing up recording their third LP, they were dropped from Virgin, and ultimately decided to call it quits early in 2007, leaving behind only...