Calgary-based band Napalmpom have well established themselves as proprietors of good times — centering their raucous sound around the roots of classic rock and proving to be a must-see live band with their high voltage performances.
The five-piece, comprised of PJ Lavergne, Craig Evans, Shawn Petsche, Ian Baker, and Matthew Bayliff —members of Forbidden Dimension, The Adam Brown, Beija Flor, The Silent Auction, and Creeper — released their inspired debut full-length, The Unconditional Love of Napalmpom, in October last year. Now, the group has joined forces with their East Coast counterparts, Public Animal, for a split-12 inch and supporting tour across the country.
Toronto’s Public Animal, the newest project of Ian Blurton (Change of Heart, C’mon), are vinyl worshippers in their own right and an appropriate collaborative paring with Napalmpom. The split, just released on Teenage Rampage Records, sees both bands contributing original tracks as well as Cancon covers — Napalmpom taking Jr. Gone Wild’s “Cosmos,” Public Animal opting for “Don’t Let Me” by Living Proof.
The record is also full of cuts that have their boots firmly strapped into the traditions of classic rock: wailing riffs on Public Animal’s “Breaking The Law” veer into Deep Purple territory, while the power chords on Napalmpom’s “Make Me Cry” sound like something you’d blast down the highway in the summer of 1975.