MUGSHOT Get Well Soon (independent) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Some have referred to Mugshot as ska-punk, but playing a few notes on the downbeat does not a ska band make, no matter what No Doubt tell you. These guys are adept musicians, but their great strength is a lead vocalist who sounds strikingly like Michael Jackson. While at times he slips into the typical pop-punk nasal twang, Nick Keays is at other times is a dead ringer for the king of pop himself. There's tight, melodic riffage here, good structure, excellent harmonies and some very catchy stuff. Mugshot's lyrics can lean toward the banal and/or sappy, but whaddaya want? Please, you guys, cover Billie Jean next time around!