Small Kids, Big Guns

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A hard rock ensemble disguised as ska-punks, Long Island, NY-based quartet Sprout excels on Small Kids Big Guns via infectious, hook-laden pop songs and spirited performances evocative of Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls, Blink 182, and the Living End. Guitar-driven and decidedly up-tempo, Sprout's energetic veneer centers on lead vocalist Jay Tea. Spitting out lyrics about fascists, as in "The Want Machine," crooning over love in peril on "Without a Second Thought," or shoegazing in "Deny Myself Me," Tea affords wit, passion, and intelligence to a genre often trapped in a teenage wasteland.

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