Ellegarden Riot In the Grill

It’s no secret that the Japanese love Canadian music, especially Simple Plan and Sum 41. But it’s hard to worship your pop punk heroes when they’re gallivanting around the world, playing to other musically misguided 13-year-olds. So what does Japan do? Create an exact Simple Plan replica. Ellegarden create mall punk identical to their Canadian cohorts. Their fourth full-length and North American debut disc is filled with catchy, hook-laden pop, saccharine lyrics about girls, high-pitched vocals — you name it, they’ve got it. A couple tracks sung in their native tongue is pretty much the only difference between Ellegarden and Simple Plan, so if you’re into immature but infectious punk, then you’ll love this Japanese foursome as much as you love everyone else. (Dynamord)