“Never Punt” by Devon Kay & The Solutions was released a few months ago and it somehow slipped past my radar. But I’m sure glad I finally found it, because it’s a strong release by a Midwest rough-and-raw pop punk band that deserves a little more attention.
Fans of fellow Midwest band Direct Hit! will be more than pleased, and Devon Kay should also appeal to fans of bands like The Dopamines. Lyrically and vocally, we hear a lot of the shockingly honest emotions and revelations that bear some resemblance to cross-genre bands like Say Anything or Andrew Jackson Jihad. It’s that kind of spilling-your-soul-honesty that doesn’t always seem acceptable to talk about, so hey, why not sing it?
Track by track, my appreciation for the music climbed. The first three songs, “Knibb High Football Rules!”, “W.W.B.C.D.”, and “Go California” are the more familiar style of the aforementioned Direct Hit! or maybe some Screeching Weasel (I’m a sucker for organ-tinged garage punk in track 3). From that point on, there’s a nice departure, starting in the middle of track 4, “Dark Side Of The Supermoon,” when things get spinning into a slightly bluesy but still hard-as-hell rock tune.
It’s hard to describe most of the next tune, “Always Tip Your Therapist.” It’s a solo piano/vocal bit that bears a lot of resemblance to some indie rock groups out there. I guess you could call it a little breather in the album, because within a split second we’re back to something more akin to the speed and thrust of the start of the EP.
Closing up, “Yeah Dude, I Feel Ya” echos the beginning again, but it’s still not boring, and it powers straight through.
Based on my enjoyment of this release, I’m definitely going to keep a closer eye on what Devon Kay & The Solutions are up to in the future.
Quick afterthought: I’ve always enjoyed quirky non-sequitur song titles, and this album was no exception.
(Pay what you want for this EP here)