The Mopes "Accident Waiting To Happen"
The Mopes are either past or current members of some high pedigree bands from Chicago, Lafayette and Boston (namely, Screeching Weasel, Squirtgun and The Queers) but they don't want you dwell on that fact. Separately they are all known for writing and/or performing some of the greatest pop-punk ever. So if these four are so amazing in their other bands, what happens when they get together? In February 1999, they answered that question when they put the finishing touches on their debut album. Sure B-Face had to drive all the way from Massachusetts to Lafayette, Indiana to spend one day doing his bass parts, and Jughead had to drive down each day to record his parts and then drive back to Chicago to do a nightly show at a local theater, and sure they only had one proper rehearsal with amps and real drums before recording the first EP and no real practice before doing the album, but somehow the Mopes managed to make one of the best pop punk records ever. Combining the pop elements of Green Day with back-beat punk of the Riverdales into a concoction that is unique, catchy as fuck, and totally original.
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