Album Review: Tightwire – Head Full of Snakes

4/5

The Minneapolis-based punk band Tightwire have come a long way since their founding. Originally going by Drones, it started as an acoustic project but over the years has evolved into a remarkably tight pop punk band with hooks for days.

On their sophomore effort, Head Full of Snakes, the fourpiece power through a dozen wildly infectious tracks in such a short span of time that even the Ramones would be impressed.

The band is joined on this record by new member Noelle Stolp, also with Rational Anthem, who plays guitar and shares vocal duties with Tane Graves. Tightwire fits nicely alongside bands like Teenage Bottlerocket, NOFX and The Copyrights. They write incredibly catchy and witty songs coming across as a much smarter Blink 182 or sunnier version of Alkaline Trio.

Following their 2018 debut, Six Feet Deep, their latest digs even deeper into the harmonies resulting in their best collection of songs yet. Songs like “Smoke Machine,” “Anyone But You,” and “Rehab… Again” are destined to be set staples for as long as the band is still around.

Like their debut, Red Scare Industries—homebase for everyone from Cobra Skulls and The Lillingtons to The Falcon and The Sidekicks—is releasing Head Full of Snakes, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better label for the band.

Purchase this album.

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