Album Reviews

Girlfriend Material Cool Car Punk Rock Theory
Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 11:41
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- by Tom Dumarey

Girlfriend Material is what happens when you put Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright and Josh Hook together with Hollerado’s Jake Boyd and bassist Joseph Garand. It’s really just an excuse for friends to get together and have fun. And there is lots of fun to be had on ‘Cool Car’ with 11 songs worth of jangly pop, rock and punk with plenty of hooks and catchy melodies to reel you in.

Lyrically, relationships are started, come to an end and are recovered from in cuts like ‘Stay In Touch’ and album standout ‘You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me’ while they throw you for a loop with the short punk rager that is ‘Crap,’ only to then dive right back in pop waters with single ‘First Of The Month’, which deals with the aftermath of moving in too quickly to save on rent.

There isn’t any new musical ground being tread on ‘Cool Car,’ but these guys bang out these songs with so much enthusiasm that it’s hard not to get swept up in it.


Track listing:

  1. Peace Sign
  2. Stay In Touch
  3. Emily’s Famous
  4. Boys In Bands
  5. You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me
  6. Crap
  7. First Of The Month
  8. Okay Okay
  9. Try Hard
  10. Deep V
  11. There She Goes Again
Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.