Record of the Week: MYSTERY DATE New Noir LP
MYSTERY DATE put out a 7″ a while back that blew my socks off. Can this possibly live up to the anticipation I’ve developed? The answer is “yes.” This is a great record. Like, this is Top 10 of 2015 material. This is pop music. And it’s punk and it’s new wave. It’s strangely catchy and poppy, while also a little bit eerie and dark. And this is going to sound a little corny, but it’s delivered with an honesty and sincerity and sense of urgency that can’t be faked. These guys clearly believe in what they’re doing. I’m not sure why, but I’m reminded of other Midwest greats like the REPLACEMENTS and the EMBARRASSMENT. You owe it to yourself to find this one.
— Kenny Kaos