Kosher Self Control

Small town punk rock comes across with a genuine earnestness that goes hand in hand with, well, coming from a small town. Maybe it’s the lack of urban grime that keeps bands like Kosher sounding fresh and un-jaded. Hailing from Warrenburg, Missouri, their debut album is brimming with the energy that bands on BYO always seem to possess in spades. The 12 songs on here are loaded with images of directionless boredom delivered in a tight and catchy style. The best song on here is "Top of the World,” a mid-tempo number that’s one of the most memorable new school songs I’ve heard in a while. (BYO)