Under the Boards
Label: Vagrant Records
STD's last album, Sound the Alarm, was an emotional, hate-fueled letter from singer Chris Conley, the first of a trilogy about the three stages of his anger management: discontent, remorse and acceptance. On this second installment, the loathing subsides, feelings of regret begin to set in and the fury of STD's pop-punk slows to a heavy simmer. "Radio" is a song about acceptance and sees the Jersey band's edge getting a polish, while the piano-led rock of "Lonely Nights" hints at Paul McCartney. Under the Boards is the sound of young punks growing up and forgiving.