The Frantic’s musical ability is not bad for a band comprised of 17 and 18-year olds, but they lack the soul that comes with the wisdom and heartbreak of time and experience. Although the band claims to have found a balance between pop and punk, it should be noted that there’s more to punk than playing every song fast tempo and using foul language in a disingenuously we-don’t-care-if-you-don’t-play-us-on-the-radio way.

Perhaps if they stay together for another decade their sound might strike a less generic chord, but for now they’re well positioned to play all-ages venues and perhaps an edgy high school prom in Beverly Hills. Despite this, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if they get rich by having their songs placed on the soundtracks of a few high octane blockbuster films and a Mentos commercial or two.

Grade: C

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