Pop punk has been getting a bad rap for decades now. The most
often heard complaint is that it all sounds the same. This split stands as a
shining example proving that complaint to be total bullshit. The Capitalist
Kids play it totally catchy, bouncy, and entirely up-beat, whereas Hospital
Job plays it down in the deeper, darker, more dissonant end of the spectrum.
While neither band is soon to be confused with one another, they both appeal
to that deep-seeded need for melodic rhythm that us pop punk diehards
require of our lives' soundtracks. But even within its confines, pop punk
needs to have a level of diversity to keep it interesting, and this split
provides that, too. The Capitalist Kids are a rare breed of band that jumps
between socio-political and light-heartedly personal themes from song to
song. On this split they bring a little more of the latter with happy-sad
jams about life troubles, relationship troubles, and then a Google worthy
bit on Toynbee ideas that hopefully provides a little more insight into the
weird and diverse world we all live in. Hospital Job continue to hold it
down with a power-driving jam showcasing a different take on a similar theme
of personal relationships gone bad. They close it out with a Mountain Goats
cover that most pop punk fans probably wouldn't recognize as a cover from
within the confines of the bubblegum bubble we're so happy to live within.
But that's another thing that I find so cool about these bands - they both
provide impetus to dig a little deeper into the world outside of what we
already know and are familiar with to discover something new.