The debut album from Celebration Summer (Virginia) contains a lot of the right ingredients for a strong punk rock record: politically charged lyrics, heartfelt emotions, gruff vocals, sing alongs, palm muting, and an awareness of what came before. Let’s start with the latter. Named after a Hüsker Dü song, and sonically a mix of Samiam, Leatherface and Dischord Records, I would definitely check that box. That applies to the other ingredients as well. Celebration Summer not only sound good on paper, they play their songs with such an honest passion that, before you know it, you’ll be stepping up front and screaming along to their anthems.
Patience In Presence is out now (CD and LP) through A-F Records and Shield Recordings.