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Pointed Sticks

Three Lefts Make A Right

Northern Electric

Review By Mark PaulHus

Pointed Sticks - Three Lefts Make a Right
Pointed Sticks – Three Lefts Make a Right

Better late than never. After 29 long years since the release of the classic Perfect Youth, Vancouver pop-punk pioneers Pointed Sticks have finally released a second full length album. Three Lefts Make A Right is a collection of brand new tunes written and recorded by the band, dating from their very successful reunion in 2006. Released in early November on Northern Electric Records, the album doesn’t have a rusty feel as you’d expect. Rather than trying to relive the glory of their youth, the album sounds as vibrant and energetic as anything they released in their heyday. It showcases the same bratty, melodic pop-rock that had them riding on the top of the Vancouver punk tsunami of the late ’70s and early ’80s—the same sound that scored them a record deal with legendary English punk label Stiff Records (original home of the Dammed and Elvis Costello) before the label went belly up. Three Lefts is a living document of what could have been, despite their massive hiatus, but these guys haven’t missed a beat. Aside from disappearing into some sort of Love & Rockets trance on “Leave Me Alone,” they cling to their classic sound formula. Full of fun, lovesick boppers, rockers and ballads, the tunes are all delivered in unmistakable, lovable punk style. The album is sure to satisfy fans that have been patiently waiting all these years, and could possibly charm a new generation of punk devotees.

Old Pointed Sticks footage on YouTube