Yer Guises, the debut record from the Edmonton/Calgary trio The Allovers, is fun, fast, and unassuming. It’s the type of record that reminds older, jaded punk fans why they fell in love with punk rock in the first place. The songs are short (most under two minutes), simple (most at or under four chords), and fun as hell. The lyrics are fairly lighthearted, with songs like “Rinky Dink,” an upbeat track told from the perspective of a broken down lawn mower, or “Tub Time,” a song about a gross bathtub, or “Kitty Cat Girl,” the shortest – and in my opinion catchiest – song on the record, in which most of the lyrics to the song are summed up by the song’s title. Sometimes the lyrics sound like those that would be written by a children’s band. “Gooby,” for example, reminded me of a punk rock version of The Wiggles or Koo Koo Kangaroo.
But don’t be mistaken, The Allovers can be enjoyed by all age groups. Musically, they dish out fairly traditional punk tunes, with the main difference being a reverby undertone that makes the listener feel like it’s the 1950’s. Imagine if The Ramones had formed 20 years earlier: that’s The Allovers for you. And the sound is complimented very nicely by vocals that can best be described as Glenn Danzig meets Frank Sinatra. Yer Guises has no fluff. The songs are short because they don’t fill unnecessary space; they get in, say what they need to say, and then exit. Although some might find The Allovers a bit weird at first, with time, the trio will win you over with their short, simple, catchy songs and their tongue and cheek approach to songwriting. A perfect record to kick off a warm summer.