Love or Perish, Start From Zero

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

It's pretty simple, really. Love or Perish play punk rock. What makes it special is the obvious passion that each brings to the group. Drummer Molly Neuman (Bratmobile, Peechees) unloads out beat after beat of danceable pop, while Carlos Ca-edo (Peeches) sets the agenda with his flaming lead guitar lines. Singer Massimo Scoditti speaks to the urge in any rock & roll devotee: love songs are just as prevalent as tunes decrying the state of the world. But even though Scoditti most definitely makes these songs personal (by simple virtue of his open desire for boys, rather than girls), there's enough universality to his lyrics that you can't help but sing along and know exactly what he's talking about.