4 Song Brick Bomb (Fueled By Ramen)
Initially founded in the mid-Nineties as a local ska-punk enterprise with just enough pop chops to appeal to wayward Weezer fans, the Impossibles have matured into something a bit less obvious on 4 Song Brick Bomb
. If you're willing to forego the easy hook and indulge them, that's not such a bad thing. The EP kicks off innocently enough with the Cure-referencing "Disintegration (Is the Best Album, Ever)," a catchy pop-punk paean to unrequited love. Just when you think you've got the song pegged, however, the quartet breaks into a classic rock-style guitar coda that vaguely recalls the opening riff to Def Leppard's "Bringing on the Heartbreak." While many bands would have a hard time pulling that off with a straight face, the Impossibles exercise admirable restraint and make it work in service to the song. As the coda fades out, "Get It+Got It+Good" fades in as a screaming, stripped-down punk anthem designed to kick your ass out of indolence. "Oxygen" juxtaposes romantic emasculation over a Fugazi dynamic, while "Long Way From, Long Time Since" utilizes a rising melancholy melody to bolster poignant lyrics that read like snippets from an unsent letter to an absent father. Though 4 Song Brick Bomb
may lack the universal access of the Impossibles' earlier work, it's ultimately much more heartening to hear them strive to create their own voice.