Full Speed Ahead


Pain returns with more more more of their hyperkinetic brand of music. Between the tight horns, acrobatic vocals and stomping groove, you could say that there’s a whole lot of ska in here, but I’d hesitate to label Pain as such. More than anything, they use these elements to form a sort of driving pop that sometimes reminds me of what Less Than Jake would sound like should they all lose their distortion pedals — clean, frenetic, sometimes more than a bit goofy, and catchy as all hell. Full Speed Ahead continues on fine Pain traditions like storytelling songs about characters, musings on the inner self, and a good time to be had by all. Bring extra towels.

Vegas Records, P.O. Box 2175, Newport Beach, CA 92659

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