Itchy - All We Know,
These guys have been around for some fifteen years, and have released six albums, but for this one the melodic punk trio have decided to shorten their name from Itchy Poopzkid to Itchy (and that is probably enough said about the original name). They released their last three albums on their own label, with their most recent breaking into the Top Five of their home country, quite some achievement. Now though, they have signed a deal with Arising Empire/Nuclear Blast and even though they have played more than 900 gigs in more than twenty countries, they are preparing to ramp it up as opposed to slow it down. Musically they are similar in many ways to Bowling For Soup or Sum 41, but heavier. There is the same strong pop sensibility throughout all the songs, and with the lyrics all in English this album is going to appeal across a wide market.
The song “Danger!” is packed with hooks and is incredibly catchy, and I can see this making an impact on charts and dancefloors wherever it is played. If this style of music is of interest, then here is a punk band that may not have been on many people’s radar, and they should be.