|Fenix Tx (1999)|
First and foremost, if you were around in 1999, you already know what style of music was getting pushed by the mass media. Watching MTV was definitely interesting because they were playing a ton of pop punk, led by Blink 182’s releases and videos. However, this band hit the ground running with their fourth track on this record, “All My Fault”, and a great amount of radio play on local stations like KROQ in Los Angeles. The band has a nice poppy flow to their record, and it’s your classic Drive-Thru Records type of punk rock. With a higher pitched vocal, and the same style that made bands like New Found Glory popular, the band plowed through 13 tracks of comedic pop punk, with a focus on skate punk guitar work, and sing-a-long choruses about being an angst riddled teenager.
Stand out tracks from this record are all over the place, including their re-recorded versions from their indie career, and the single “All My Fault”, which is still a favorite of mine. Even though they don’t have the track “Feliz Navidad” on this record, they still have a powerful mix of music in the 40 minutes that were released. My favorites include “Minimum Wage”, “All My Fault”, “Ben”, “No Lie”, and “Flight 601 (All I’ve Got Is Time). All of which are a good representation of 1999’s alternative, punk scene from so cal throughout the rest of the country.