The Graboids Back to Perfection

The Graboids Back to Perfection
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Halifax pumps out idiosyncratic punk bands at a ridiculously quick clip. Coming hot on the heels of Cold Warps and the Long Weekends, the Graboids deliver a healthy dose of pop-culture and Ramones obsessions neatly wrapped in lightning fast hooks on this four-track seven-inch, the band's third. "Zombies Don't Have Girlfriends" is a clever riff on everybody's favourite walking undead, while "Your Mom's New Boyfriend," sympathizes with the children of single parents in the refrain, "It sucks your mom's new boyfriend's moving in." Poetry this isn't, but then anything more complex would miss the point. The band's self-aware streak continues to the final track, "Bad Ramones," where the quintet poke fun of themselves and the legion of similarly minded groups that've nicked the punk rock O.G.s for a far lesser payoff. (Independent)