The band plays music that will draw you in, reminding you of that first time you heard one of those songs like the Replacements’ “I Will Dare” — a song that hits you in the gut, making your jaw drop.
You sit there, in front of your speakers, wondering why the hell this band isn’t currently the hot shit on Pitchfork.
Since then, they’ve released another Internet release, Thought About Growing Up (via Death to False Hope), and now they’re putting out their first physical release. It’s a split with Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! on Kind of Like Records, which should be out next month.
I’d suggest picking it up as soon as you can get your hot little hands on a copy. The bands each contribute one new song each — Direct Hit! does “Werewolf Shame” and Mixtapes have “I Was A Teenage Poltergeist” — and then they each cover the other’s song. I might be biased, but Mixtapes do the better job here. They show a lot more enthusiasm and verve than do Direct Hit!, taking the “Werewolf Shame” lyric “I don’t wanna hear ‘why don’t you cool it?'” and giving it some serious pathos. It’s a damned shame this short slab of pop-punk won’t be out until next month, as it’d be the perfect addition to any Halloween soundtrack.