Hong Kong punk rockers Shotgun Politics recently dropped their mini-album Four On The Floor on Bandcamp just in time for New Year’s celebrations.
The chiming lead guitar of opener 2003 is classic Wheatus college rock, while the palm-muted rhythm chords and Timmy Gunn’s raucous vocals give the track the transistor-radio quality of American Idiot-era Green Day.
Sunny and Break have a distinctive ’80s new wave edge, while the drums throughout the record sound similar to Foo Fighters. The catchy and well-written Cathartic mixes elements of Incubus into the reverb-heavy wash.
The group vocals on the last two tracks create singalong choruses intended for gig crowds. “Honey Get Up!” is chanted during Hands, and the “Woah, woah” harmonies on Saint Denis verge on anthemic.
Despite generally solid production, the album is a few tiny tweaks away from start-to-finish success. Yet, on the whole, Four To The Floor shows promise from Shotgun Politics due to consistent songwriting throughout.
This is an edited version of a review that first appeared on The Underground HK.