Field Day

Emerald & Jaded

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This is not the California group Field Trip signed to Slash, this is a melodic Calgary punk trio, and Emerald & Jaded whittles their two LPs into one eight-song disc from 1995's now out-of-print Friction, and six more from the Canadian import Big Wheels. These zippy folks reach back into spunky Northwest Canadian punk tradition, past Personality Crisis into older, catchy, and fast territory held by the original Vancouver bands. Unlike so many modern pop-punk bands, Field Day has a lot in common with long lost, high-energy, gleeful punk outfits such as the Modernettes, Active Dog, and Young Canadians -- not quite as heavy as D.O.A. or Subhumans, or as pop as Pointed Sticks, but right in between. The "whooooooh" backings on "Denial" and the quick 16th-note beat of "'90s Guy Wimp" are just two of the cheerful treats to be found on this smacking LP.

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