Barefoot Only Souvenirs

For a band from Scotland, Barefoot sound remarkably un-Scottish. Instead, they’ve taken a punkier pathway that has more in common with the likes of Mega City Four or the Doughboys, with songs propelled along by driving guitars and vocal harmonies that urge you to sing along. Barefoot are actually part of a thriving Scottish punk scene that doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. Only Souvenirs is their first proper album (after a few self-produced CDRs) and it doesn’t really offer much surprises if you’ve heard them before. There’s no denying that Barefoot have managed to find a winning combination and there are a handful of songs that possess all the elements to make them pretty close to being irresistible, with "Stop” and "Back Over” being at the top of that list. But their unwillingness to shift from that equation makes Only Souvenirs very predictable and by the end of the tenth song, it gets a little on the boring side. Still, the good songs are really good and are almost worth the price of admission by themselves, and they are definitely a band to keep an eye on. (Boss Tuneage)