Allow me to acquaint you with the Pop Punk Lyrics Drinking Game for a moment. (Or Google it; I did not invent this.) Take a shot for every reference to friends or girls. Chug a beer during gang vocals. Eat one slice of pizza during references to growing up, the past, or self-deprecation in an upbeat song.
Now then, if you were to play the pop punk drinking game with Seattle's Jefferson Death Star, you would soon be drunk and full of pizza. I mean this as high praise, obviously, because pizza, beer and pop punk are some of life's great joys. Jefferson Death Star is an acoustic project from Ryan Koreski, a growly voiced punk dude who's played Missoula before with his melodic hardcore outfit The Damage Done.
Pop punk's sincerity has been letting beardy dudes (and people with inner-beards) express their feelings since the genre was invented. For Jefferson Death Star's new EP, Chillin', Nugs and Grindage, Koreski uses his pipes to belt out heartfelt tunes over furious acoustic strumming, with "guitars and backup yelling from Rev Peters," according to their Bandcamp page. The EP reminds me of early Against Me!, with all the heart but not so much the faux anarchy. And there's even handclaps sometimes. You gotta get down with the handclaps.
Jefferson Death Star plays the VFW Wed., June 25, at 7 PM, along with Buddy Jackson and Cat Heaven. $3/$5 for ages 18–20.