Wild honey

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 1, 2007

Unlike some of the pop-punk that has dominated the radio-waves for the better part of the past decade, the Leftovers don’t embrace the sneering irony that’s become so popular, reveling in a throwback kind of ’60s-love fest aesthetic. In “Nothing to Do,” Kurt has no problem delivering a classic couplet like “I was a fool, right from the start/I always new you’d break my heart” without a hint of a knowing wink, and somehow gang vocals and three-part harmonies just don’t seem that different after all.

Of course, once the three-piece gets on stage things aren’t so apple-cheeked. The band have a flair for throwing themselves around without much care for their personal safety and have toured extensively enough now to have an understanding of developing even the least-familiar crowd. On their home turf, even if it is a 21+ venue, the Leftovers are bound to do everything short of setting themselves on fire and ought to have the place eating out of their hands.

Nothing could be more appropriate for a place like Geno’s, which, even if it’s not underground on Brown Street anymore, knows a little something about punk bands who like to thrash about. Throw a few bucks for PBR in your pockets and head down there next weekend. It’s as close to a guaranteed good time as you’re going to get this summer.

Sam Pfeifle can be reached at sam_pfeifle@yahoo.com.

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