Punk rock ‘n’ roll is designed to make people feel good in their own ways, and Lookin’ Out, the new album from Spanish rockers The Pulsebeats, definitely gives the listener a sense of optimism throughout its 13 tracks.

Coming back with their third effort since 2018’s Fiction Non-Fiction, the band delivers on Lookin’ Out a no-frills, well polished, straight-ahead punk ‘n’ roll LP with songwriting cut in the vein of later Ramones, The Gaslight Anthem, and Hot Water Music.

This comparison is interesting because every other release from The Pulsebeats showcases a different side of their musical influences, with the jangling, alternative-rock feel of their 2011 S/T release and the garage-level production and power-pop songwriting Fiction Non-Fiction holds. 

Shifting gears into territory consisting of punk ‘n’ roll rich in melody, driving guitar work, and up-tempo songwriting shows these four guys aren’t content on sticking to the same songwriting pattern, and with the polished production quality on this record, their intent was to up their game.

The band kick off the album in a hell of a way with the anthemic “Skipping Stones” that has the vocalist/guitarist Nathan Whittle’s dual guitar harmonies with Luis Ibanez and Whittle’s baritone voice sing lyrics that sound like they’re touching on self-doubt in the rock ‘n’ roll game. The frantic, hard-charging songwriting of “Hot Glue It!” is the only track that derides from the uplifting feel this album holds.

The band shows their love of infectious guitar melodies on cuts like the catchy “Reason To Believe” (aside from the song’s bridge where the mood changes to serious) uptempo. As with trustworthy professionals who know how to open an album, The Pulsebeats know how to close out an album with the best cut on the album “Coma State” due to its high energy playing and charismatic vocal work. 

Lookin’ Out shows that The Pulsebeats are a confident, down-to-earth group that doesn’t aim for pretension in their songwriting and is comfortable with keeping their songwriting energetic and straightforward; they know their audience. That term “a feel-good record” definitely is a cliche, but that cliche rings true with Lookin’ Out; there’s something in this album for all the rockers out there. 

Preorder Lookin’ Out on Rum Bar Records here

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