The story of how the Blackout Pact aligned with Thursday's Geoff Rickly -- the producer of Hello Sailor and co-owner of the band's record label, Astro Magnetics -- is becoming near legendary. A prominent punk vocalist walks into a New York City hot dog joint where Boulder transplant and drummer Wisam Alshaibi is slinging hot dogs. A connection is made, a relationship is formed, and a short while later, an explosive and innovative CD is born. With ten songs of raw, melodic rock of the punk-meets-indie variety -- inclusive of the Jawbox-like winner "We Drink So You Don't Have To" and the inspired, near comical "Ghouls Will Try and Get in Your Pants" -- frontman Mike Herrera leads the group through anthem after anthem. Played without ulterior motives and only the slightest bit of pretension, Hello Sailor is as invigorating as, say, Thursday's Full Collapse. Need a money shot? "You Punch Me, I Punch You" is the standout of an amazing debut.
AllMusic Review by John D. Luerssen