If you like baseball and you love the Ramones and the Hanson Brothers, you will love the Isotopes. Because what the Hanson brothers have done for hockey themed punk, the Istopes hope to do for baseball themed punk.
Aptly named after Springfield’s baseball team from the Simpsons, the Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball club have a lot of fun playing with baseball. Their latest CD The Isotopes hit 11 home runs on “Nuclear Strikezone” featuring a variety of Baseball related topics like steroid use , road games, baseball fans, magic loogies, mascots and playing baseball on acid.
Musicially, Nuclear Strikezone is straight ahead, fast paced, no holds barred, fun, pop punk with buzzsaw guitar and shout along lyrics.
They open up with an introduction of the players in the middle of “ Never been Caught,” which draws the listener into it.
Some of my favourites are “ Situation No No,” “ Total Juicehead,” “Chicks Dig the Long Ball,” and “Bleacher Creature,” just to name a few.
It’s all good and actually kind of surprising nobody else has previously decided to do baseball themed punk.
CD: Nuclear Strikezone
Band: The Isotopes