S.t.u.n. Evolution Of Energy (Geffen/Universal) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
If you're somewhat sick of the new so-called "punk" groups, the ones that believe Green Day started it all, take comfort - S.T.U.N. are here to make everything OK. Not only were they raised on the Clash, the Cure and the Pixies, but they also read books! Lead shouter Christiane J. has gleaned enough from George Orwell, Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky to come up with clever, politically charged lyrics that don't come off as preachy and patronizing. Crunching guitars, swift and odd tempo changes and melodic choruses keep the album from getting boring, and at only 30 minutes it'll leave you wanting more. At times, their sonic assault recalls Rage Against the Machine, only S.T.U.N. have more hooks than ace angler Bob Izumi.
Don't miss S.T.U.N. when the Warped Tour rolls into Molson Park in Barrie Saturday (August 2).