The Bombpops are unashamedly pop punk. And that's a great thing, especially in these dark times. No pretence, just great perky, devil-may-care, fast, sing-along pop punk. But that's not to say that they're in any way shallow. There's no cringey, unrelatable, teen-angst material here. Death In Venice Beach is a cracking pop punk album. It's a So-Cal, Fat Wreck release so some will have an opinion formed on that alone – pop-punkers and skaters should love it. But as well as having that feel good, pop punk vibe, there is a more abrasive side as well. The fun, rip-roaring, guitar and melody works really well with the juxtaposition of edgy, meaningful and thought-provoking lyrical content. I'd give it a listen, and not to just brighten up your day but to ponder on a few things as well.