Following up “Boundaries” and their split with Direct Hit, Hold Tight! (mind the exclamation mark) is back with a new album called “Blizzard Of ‘96”. With 14 songs clocking in at just under 28 minutes, these Virginia boys take the ‘less is more’ attitude to heart. Then again, you don’t need longer songs when you’re playing fast pop-punk.
Taking the genre back all the way to Drive Thru’s heydays, Hold Tight! Does a friggin’ solid job on songs like “I Guess This Is Fucking Up” and “Maiden… Or Slayer” with plenty of energy and singalong parts. If you’re into Latterman or the more contemporary stylings of Turnover, you’d better grab onto “Blizzard Of ‘96” and hold tight. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one!