(OK! Good Records)
It’s pretty clear from Donots’ latest full length, Carajo!, that the German punks still hold bands like Blink 182 and Sum 41 in high regard. Like opening a time capsule a decade later, this 14-track effort sounds like it could have come out in the early-aughts.
The record, their 10th, is crammed with three-minute pop punk ditties, brimming with gang-vocals, hooky distorted guitars and thunderous drums. The songs, while decent for the most part, show little distinction from one track to the next, sounding remarkably similar (with few exceptions, like “No Matter What” and “Faster”). The band also makes little effort to contribute anything new to the pop punk genre, sounding pretty much exactly like their influences. Stick with what you know, I guess. (John B. Moore)