A friend of mine once asked me, "can you still write a song if you only have three chords?" Well, the short answer to that is "fuck yes." While it wouldn't be fair to imply that Dear Landlord, a pop-punk supergroup of sorts consisting of members of The Copyrights and ex-members of Rivethead, is limited in their ability to a few simple chords, it most certainly is within fairness to say that they have managed to take some of the most simple and fun parts of punk rock and used it to make something awesome.
Dream Homes, the band's first LP, is 14 tracks of fast, fun, and extremely catchy songs about the best and worst times anyone can have. The lyrics are relate-able: shitty living conditions, heartbreak, drinking to excess, and any number of other problems that all of us have experienced. The dual vocals are endearing and the energy is at full force through the whole album. The album doesn't necessarily break any ground, but it doesn't necessarily have to. It's great for what it is. No doubt one of the best albums of 2009.
Dear Landlord - Landlocked