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Too Cool for School

The Heartaches

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The second album from retro garage-punk enthusiasts the Heartaches brims with such unpretentious snot-rock giddiness that it's close to impossible for sympathetic listeners not to get swept up in its three-chord fun. Stripped-down primal punk tunes like "Teenage Hypochondriac" and "King Kong's Party" are delivered with attitude instead of style: this isn't an attempt to perfectly re-create the sound of the Nuggets box, but the work of five kids channeling the spirit of the Standells, Chocolate Watchband, and other Beatles-booted mid-'60s teenagers into the pop-punk sound of today. It works beautifully throughout this relatively brief 14-song album; even songs as studiedly '60s-inspired as the lovestruck "Outta My Head" (or the yelping cover of Love's "Seven and Seven Is") breathe with a current vitality. There is no deeper meaning to Too Cool for School, just an unabashed joy in the energy and sheer adolescent fun of the best garage and punk music.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Although "skatepunk" has been a popular term for a certain breed of three-chord thrash shot through with inchoate teenage rebellion since at least the early-'80s days of JFA and Suicidal Tendencies, there haven't been that many punk bands with professional skaters in them. (After all, the top-line pro skaters have such dedication to their craft that they can barely manage to have girlfriends, much less find rehearsal and recording time.) And ironically, the highest-profile band with a professional...
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