I don’t know a whole lot about Wisconsin other than they’ve got a football team, they’re leaning towards Obama in the upcoming election (I checked the CNN Electoral map this morning – good choice, Wisconsin), and there’s lots of cheese. However, I do know worth-while alternative pop punk when I hear it or see it live in a basement in D.C. I saw Tenement last week at the Bervin House in NW D.C. Tenement is the best band to come out of Wisconsin . . . ever? As far as I can recall at the moment – yeah, sure. (Let me know of any other awesome WI bands) This super-fun, super-catchy, pure-gold pop punk is worth a listen.
They’ve got a scratchy-voiced vocalist for the majority of their tunes, but melodic “Ooohs” thrown in on occasion for easier listening although the music is majority fast-paced. Vocalist Amos is also on guitar duty, and he performs very impressively, adding alternative classic rockin’ impressive riffs to the simple pop punk feel. Live, I might add, he is quite a trip to watch as he dances around like he’s trying to scratch a million mosquito bites on his legs using nothing but the denim of his jeans. This not-so-simple pop punk obviously draws influence from classic rock at times, as well as early indie and alternative, but newer indie, pop punk, or emo can be felt too. They’ve really got a nice mix of influences. They seem to be an even cross between The Ergs and Dinosuar Jr. The Ergs seem to be the number one comparison, but I can also detect Hot Water Music and The Descendents.
Check them on the road because apparently they’ll be on it a whole lot.