Staring Back – The Mean Streets of Goleta – Review

Staring Back

The Mean Streets of Goleta (Lobster)
by Scott Hefflon

This 18-minute, nine-song, self-produced EP is meant as a teaser for their produced-by-Joey-Cape (Lagwagon/My Records, duh) full-length out in early ’00. Staring Back is part quick pop punk, part, like, hardcore, but the kinks’ll probably get worked out when a label gets hold of them and tells ’em to write a hit single and a slew of other songs that sound just like it, only not as good. I jest, but you know what I mean. These guys have heart, as if that’ll sell records… They’re from Santa Barbara, and if that doesn’t mean anything to you, you just aren’t paying attention.
(PO Box 1473 Santa Barbara, CA 93102)