Artist: Osaka Popstar
Title: “Christmas In The Loony Bin” (Single)
Label: Misfits Records
Release Date: 12/2/2016
Genre: Pop Punk
I’ve discussed Osaka Popstar on the website a couple of times over the years and on this Christmas Eve I wanted to scope out some thoughts on their brand new original seasonal song which is called “Christmas In The Looney Bin”. I was excited about the tune for a couple of reasons and the first was based on this featuring the new lineup of the group and the second because it would be a completely original number as opposed to a reworked version of a Christmas classic like we found them doing with “O HOLY NIGHT”.
“Christmas In The Looney Bin” kicks right into gear and has a whole lot of Ramones drive to it along with some ripping guitar that plays alongside the verse with little lead breaks every now and again. It was rocking me from the get go and that is what I want in a Power Punk group. The playing is solid care of guitarist/bassist Dean Rispler and drummer Jon Wurster. Dean has background in The Dictators and Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black while Jon has worked with Bob Mould, Superchunk and The Mountain Goats. This kind of band rotates a lineup as the need arises for the creative work and that keeps it interesting. The only sole continuous member is founder/lead singer John Cafiero. It’s a catchy tune and will sit well in your Holiday Playlist of tunes so check it out on Spotify or another medium before purchasing the track for a modest stipend. Now if you will excuse me it’s time for me to get the milk and cookies out for Santa Claus.
1. Christmas In The Loony Bin
Official Website: http://www.osakapopstar.com