Conshafter

Fear the Underdog

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With spirited power pop hooks and shout-along choruses, Conshafter creates tight rock tunes that merge the songwriting chops of the Get Up Kids and the feel-good momentum of Piebald. Conshafter is hardly a punk band, not even a pop-punk band, but they do bare a similarity to Weston, the Pixies and, to some extent, blink-182 in their approach. That said, "The Last Day in the Life of a Rocket Scientist" has it's own sort of rock & roll fervor, punk or not. It's one of the most unique and punchy songs on Fear the Underdog -- a sort of classic rock version of something off Weezer's blue album. "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" is a wicked, nerds-playing-metal tribute to one of the coolest documentaries of all time, and "Porn Star Mustache" is a hilarious and surprisingly poignant send-up. While Fear the Underdog might not launch Conshafter into the big leagues, it's an exciting, energetic rock record that conjures some of the same sticky sweet resonance and warped sense of nostalgia as the first Breeders album.

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