Zoom Lens is one of our favorite record labels for a reason. The Los Angeles-based group puts out music that goes under the mainstream view and explores the implications of pop culture on the human condition. When looking at the duality of musical creations in the digital landscape, they’re able to pick out the most personal, individualistic, and emotional stuff that keeps hiding out beneath the fluff. That includes Cyclops Rock. We’re honored to premiere the band’s new album Crush Punk, an aggressive tracklist of pop punk with Japanese flair that’s perfect for the start of summer.
Cyclops Rock sing with the lighthearted tone of They Might Be Giants or Weird Al, but their lyrics are far less comical. Instead, they’re shooting a rapid-fire burst of emotions and experiences through an introspective lens that celebrates the togetherness of our common personal feelings. They know how to write it all in a way that skips the sappy nostalgia of unity. With punk rock playing and squiggly indie pop keys, ‘Crush Punk’ takes its time going from one Motion City Soundtrack-eque song to a Descendents-styled yelp. It’s surprisingly cozy. “Open Letter” will have you throwing uppercuts in the air while “Mothra Vs. Godzilla Ravishing A Universe For Love” is the unofficial soundtrack for whatever faux arcade game monsters grace the album’s cover. As aggressively sincere as the album is, it’s also open-hearted, recalling many Japanese rock acts like The Pillows, Beat Crusaders, and Dempagumi.inc.
Give it a listen below and let the feels out. We’re here for a hug whenever you need one.