Bugs – Cooties
It’s hard to ignore a line like “If men are from Mars and girls are from Venus, then I’d be much happier without a penis”. Whether you’re of the same philosophical bend or not, it’s an attention grabber. However, the most notable thing about Bugs’ Cooties are the hooks – and there’s plenty of ‘em. With this (their third album) the Brisbane band has hit it’s stride.
Cooties consists of a collection of singles having been recorded and released individually over the last couple of years. While some would reference more current pop-punk bands, the album congers up memories of The Buzzcocks collection called Singles Going Steady. Songwriter Connor Brooker’s penchant for a hook is undeniable and through all ten tracks, there is no letting up.
The band has described their sound as “fun, energetic and bright guitar-based sing alongs with anthemic hooks”. That’s exactly what we get with tunes like “Coming To Get Me” and the more contemplative “Decisions, Commitments & Plans”.
The sing along chorus of “Alone Again” makes this one fun despite the rather tragic situation. “Mars & Venus” is a very relatable I don’t fit in themed song featuring the provocative albeit humorous line mentioned above.
Classic Pop-Punk with Bugs’ Cooties
Bottom line: If hooks and harmonies are what you dig most, Bugs’ Cooties is a must. No self respecting pop-punk connoisseur should be without it. Hats off to I Don’t Hear a Single for making me aware of it. Get your copy on their Bandcamp page HERE.