Briefs Steal Yer Heart

If 1977 is an important year to you, the Briefs should be an important band. Taking notes from the first Clash record and the entire recording career of the Buzzcocks, the Briefs are a band of young men who refuse to give up the dream of fast, simple pop punk songs that have no place in high rotation on MuchMusic. While the band do little to hide their obvious influences, they play songs like "Genital General” with such conviction and energy that the lack of originality is hardly an issue. Compelling, amusing songwriting is the key to similarly amusingly titled tracks such as "My Girl (Wants to Be a Zombie),” whose oi-filled, memorably melodic chorus is a perfect reason to love this band. (BYO)