A two-decade veteran of the same Bay Area scene that spawned Green Day and Operation Ivy, the good doctor maintains his relationships- and culture-obsessed cred by continuing to tweak songs so that both his original fans and their children can appreciate them. The recently released Yesterday Rules is punk the way Elvis Costello's early albums were punk: melodic acoustic guitar and Frank's snotty vocals on "Big, Strange, Beautiful Hammer"; a jangly-chorded, piano-laced sound on "Fucked Up on Life." In fact, while its title suggests nostalgia, Rules relies less on the band's previous Ramones facsimiles and more on nuance: The bubbly organ and harmonies on "The Boyfriend Box" scream late-'60s mod rock, and "Shining" is a raving rockabilly speedball.
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