Stardumb Records
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Punk Revival, Punk/New Wave, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Skatepunk

Album Review

Packed with almost 30 blasts of pop-punk mayhem, The European Pop Punk Virus is a very complete collection of artists signed to Stardumb. The label does a good job of finding artists who have a somewhat distinctive voice in a genre that can be hard to stand out in. With so much music featured, there's bound to be some filler, but there are a few notable standouts. The Apers' "Really Really" is an attitude-packed display of self-loathing that nicely utilizes their snotty approach. The Sonic Dolls deliver a barn-burner with the trash rock anthem "Dance With Me Tonight," as do the Manges on their bouncy "Do the Loser." The Battledykes bring to mind classic British punk on the charged "Backwoods Song," while the Shits recall the thrashing Los Angeles scene circa 1981. And the sweet, slightly fractured "Day By Day" is a great pop track from the Italian punkers the Pink Panthers that tries to steal the show toward the end. In the end, this may not be an essential collection, but it does work as a nice sampler for the up-tempo punk rock found on Stardumb.
Bradley Torreano, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Back to You
  2. Hang Around
  3. Really Really
  4. In My Heart Tonight [#]
  5. New Days
  6. Dance With Me Tonight
  7. Do "The Loser" [Original Version]
  8. Get out of My Way
  9. Leave It Behind
  10. I Only Like Rock 'N' Roll
  11. Dirtshakes Boogie
  12. She Was Great
  13. I Want You to Know
  14. Surfin' Surfin'
  15. Can You Say That Again?
  16. Backwoods Song
  17. Hangin Out in Hollywood
  18. Honky Tonk Johnny
  19. Punkrock Academy Dropouts
  20. Turn Around
  21. Prom Nite Queen
  22. I Wanna Go to Hollywood
  23. Day by Day
  24. See You Next Summer
  25. I Didn't Know
  26. My Friend
  27. I Don't Wanna Feel Like That
  28. Nail You