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I got over pop-punk as a college freshman. After the Descendents, everyone seemed lame and derivative. Plus, I no longer required songs to be intrinsically tight, externally tuneful, immediately engaging, or under three minutes long (Maximum Rock and Roll once slammed a song for breaking the 180-second rule). But this New Jersey punk quartet’s obsession with the teenage ’80s takes me back to my new-wave youth. Bouncing Souls’ ethos emerged fully formed on their debut album, The Good, the Bad, and the Argyle, with songs like “These Are the Quotes From Our Favorite ’80s Movies,” “Joe Lies (When He Cries)” (a reference to Say Anything), and “Some Kind of Wonderful.” The Souls’ new album is no departure, with “BMX Song,” “Argyle,” and “The Freaks, Nerds, and Romantics” addressing the things that affected a hormonally stricken teen in 1982. The songs of the Doc Marten–soled Souls (their name a riff on the Dr.’s “Air-Cushioned” comfort) typically feature chanted choruses, choirs of slightly out-of-key “whoas” for harmony, chainsaw-buzz guitars, bubbly bass lines, and thudding drums. Formulaic? You bet. But the Souls aim to capture all the passion, enthusiasm, and abandon brought on by the psychosis of puberty, and their performances reflect that manic energy. Meanwhile, I’m going to settle in with my John Hughes laserdisc collection.

—Christopher Porter