Release Date: Feb 15, 2011
Record label: Fat Wreck Chords
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Punk-Pop
Chixdiggit! got off to a pretty fast start in the mid-‘90s, releasing three albums between 1996 and 2000. After that, though, was a long wait until ‘05’s Pink Razors, and then nothing. So the release of Safeways Here We Come is a bit of a surprise, but the band is back again, playing the same simple pop-punk they always have. Singer/guitarist/songwriter KJ Jansen writes silly songs about love, sex and life, and the seven songs here (which speed by in a brief 16 minutes) are a lot of fun, provided that one can tolerate Jansen’s high-pitched, nasal singing style.
After a six-year break, the SoCal-influenced Canadians returned with a seven-song EP. Nothing much changed over their time off, and the guitar-driven material on Safeways Here We Come is the same fervent but melodic pop-punky stuff that Chixdiggit! fans have come to expect. With the band's NOFX-meets-Dickies style, Fat Wreck (more so than Sub Pop) is a perfect fit for Chixdiggit!, and their comfort level shows.
It’s no secret to the underground that late-’90s-style pop-punk has really come back into vogue over the past few years. However, the exhumation of short, sad, silly songs about girls came at a time when Auto-Tuning vocals and quantizing drums was the norm in pop world. The result is a slew of albums that have a sterile sheen over the raw fun and emotion that made this music break into the mainstream in the first place.