Middle of Devon
Muncie Girls are from Exeter, not Indiana. And while I'm hardly a world traveler, I've been to Exeter. I'd like to say that it's an enchanting small city in the southwest of England, but it struck me as pretty ordinary. Further research into this has confirmed my assessment. Exeter is perfectly lovely, but unremarkable (except for the spectacular cathedral and Roman walls, I suppose). The perfect proving ground for a punk band scuffling into brilliance.
This is pop-punk, not two-fingers-straight-up punk. As I noted above, Muncie Girls first established competence, not passion. These songs are angling for airplay and sales. So let's not make any cries of idealism.
There's no need. These songs are perfect ambassadors for themselves. Plenty of crunch, a nice bite and muscular melodies are more than enough to entrance. I guess the Americans are finally re-exporting punk back across the Atlantic. The early returns are promising.
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