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Brand Damage is the new LP from Austin, TX's Capitalist Kids (their fifth album overall) and it continues in the vein of classic-era Lookout Records punk rock with a clear love of The Mr. T Experience and early Green Day shining through. But not in the form of mimicry or "God, I've heard this a million times before." The Capitalsit Kids are genuinely a good few strides ahead of the pack. Clever hooks, unexpected time changes, spot-on harmonies, and optimistic left-leaning lyrics set this band apart from so many others who try in vain to accomplish a sound this catchy and infectious. Aside from the music, what also distinguishes the band is Jeff Gammill's lyrics. They are keenly observed, wry, sarcastic, optimistic, angry and tender (often all at the same time). Pop punk love songs sit comfortably alongside sardonic political songs as you race through the 14 tracks on offer.