· When you really want catchy pop-punk, does it matter where you get it?
Sugarcult and Lostprophets share so many similarities (including falsely compounded band names) that they might as well be the same outfit. Sure, the former is from Santa Barbara and the latter are from the U.K., but there is no denying the mainstream pseudo-emo wailing and take-no-prisoners choruses. They even snagged big-name producers to help out on their third albums.
Lights Out features Tom Lord Alge at the boards and his track record with Blink-182 ensures he knows just how much crunch to lay on the guitars. Better still, his ear is so good that a song like "Los Angeles," becomes a killer singalong, despite the shitty lyrics. Liberation Transmission suffers a bit from Bob Rocks trademark crappy drum tone, but overall the vocals have enough snarl to sell it. Lostprophets have more balls and therefore more cred than Sugarcult, but the end result is the same. Its catchy, angry and disposable everything you want from a good pop song.