Punk rock rabble-rousers, Public Opinion, recently announced their new EP, Modern Convenience, due out May 27th from Convulse Records. The Denver-by-way-of-Seattle-based group make razor sharp songs that traffic in equal parts melody and bite, and the five songs on Modern Convenience make for an instantly appealing introduction to the up-and-comers.
The band have now shared the second single from Modern Convenience, "Sweets All The Time." Where the EP's first single and title track incorporated hardcore stomp with garage rock swagger, "Sweets All The Time" is Public Opinion's most overtly poppy song to date. The track leans into the band's early 2000s indie rock influences with taunt bass line leading into a sing-along ready chorus.
Co-produced by Ian Shelton (the mastermind behind Militarie Gun and Regional Justice Center) and engineer Phil Odom (whose work includes releases by Ceremony, Angel Du$t, Portrayal of Guilt), Modern Convenience combines primal first wave punk with a sense of unabashed catchiness and ends up sounding like the work of a guitar pop band that plays with uncharacteristic ferocity, or perhaps a hardcore band that just can't help but write pop songs. Lyrically, Public Opinion vocalist/songwriter Kevin Hart explores the endless discord that permeates our everyday lives, particularly with the stressors of the internet so readily available at any moment. The result is a taut 12 minutes of electrifying music that pulls no punches without sacrificing the fun.