A Totally Uncomprehensive History of Punk, Volume 4 – Mix Tape Monday 10/21/13

We wrap up our journey through the history of punk with the 2000s, a time when being a punk band meant a lot more than knowing how to scowl and play three chords. With bands adding elements of folk, pop, celtic music and straight-ahead rock and roll, the definition of punk got much more hazy. It’s an interesting — and very exciting — time for punk music. Punk’s not dead, it’s just not sneering at you as much anymore.

This week we bring you a diverse mix from bands such as The Ataris, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World as well as songs from our friends in Slo Poke, Wrist Rocket, Common Rider, Break Anchor, The Wanton Looks, Few and Far Between, Cruise Italy, P.T.’s Revenge and the Mizzerables.

The Wanton Looks – The Wanton Looks (WHOA-0013)

The Wanton Looks first album is a 12-track hard-driving tramp through love, lust and the occasional schizophrenic episode over a soundtrack of forceful yet melodic guitars and a propulsive backbeat.

Long known in the Chicagoland area for their frenetic, take no prisoners live shows, the Wanton Looks have masterfully translated that energy to this record.

The self-titled album is full of tight hooks, simple and poetic vocals and and an occasional, unexpected guitar solo that will knock you on your ass.

Influenced by their experiences in the punk scene, folk bands, their love of Motown and more, the Wanton Looks bring a powerful brand of distorted, heartfelt (and a little edgy) rock and roll the likes of which you rarely find.