The Perms are a Winnipeg trio fronted by Shane Smith (bass, vocals) and assisted by Chad Smith (guitar, vocals) and John Huver (drums). It was clear that for the 5th album the band wanted a wilder atmosphere in the studio while keeping those power pop hooks intact. Starting with the anthemic "High School," it plays a bit like Weezer, Blink 182 or Bowling For Soup on a nostalgic trip, singing "It's alright if we party every night, cause tonight will last forever and we're never gonna die." On "Make It Through" Chad's vocal in the chorus screams out over the slow steady beat almost like Kurt Cobain. The more melodic "You I'm Thinking Of" is another big standout single, similar to The Smithereens - it sticks in your brain quiet nicely. Another gem "Said And Done" is a great rock/pop composition, then "Slipping Away" goes back to the heavier Nirvana inspired rock. The remaining tracks don't stick as well, but are plenty of fun - the Kiss inspired sing-along "Mannheim" and crunchy riffs on "Over and Over" are meant to be played loud. The fun factor in each of these songs lifts this album above the average. And that's exactly why you should give it a listen. -Powerpopaholic.