Published on March 12th, 2016 | by Erik Ghint0
Album Review: Mean Jeans “Nite Vision” 7-inch
I believe that record reviews are the collective response of the author’s objective opinion and taste on music in general, combined, however, with some undisputed facts. It is the year 2016 and pop punk has taken many shapes since its actual inception by the godfathers of punk, the Ramones. Mean Jeans’ new 7’’ Nite Vision, brings back a huge part of the Ramones vibe on March 18th of this year, when it hits through Fat Wreck Chords.
Now I Wanna be Yr Dogg
During the past 5 years or so, pop punk had undergone a complete revamp with bands like the prolific Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, the Copyrights and even the newer version of Screeching Weasel, mostly in that, the sound was way more relevant, fresh and contemporary. I loved that leap and couldn’t get enough of it; those bands actually still hold a large part of my weekly playlist. That being said though, I have never outgrown the pop punk bands that I initially listened to; Screeching Weasel (Boogada era), The Riverdales, The Queers, Groovie Ghoulies, Mr. T Experience, everything on Lookout, to shorten this list and of course the Ramones.
The Nite Vision seven inch is my very late introduction to the Mean Jeans and everything about their music brought me at least 20 years back; to that very fascinating old school pop punk sound. The band is influenced heavily by the Ramones and the Riverdales, there are even some Devil Dogs in there, plus some Johnny Thunders garage rock ‘n’ rolly guitar touches. Needless to say this band and this little record are absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait for their imminent full length.
Nite Vision is a rocket record consisting of the title track, which will also be included in the upcoming LP and two b-sides, Now I Wanna Be Yr Dogg (The Stooges meet Snoop Dogg?) and 69 Tears, peaking at roughly five minutes.
Reading into the Mean Jeans I have discovered that they have a super bad ass pop punk attitude and the aliases they use are simply incredible; Jeans Wilder, Junior Jeans and Billy Jeans. I mean, are you kidding me? Every band statement they make is hilarious and I bet their live show is off the roof. I will love this band and so will you, so jump on the bandwagon early and introduce yourself to this amazing pop punk machine by getting the Nite Vision seven inch immediately.