“Simple” CD
Does anyone remember when punk was extremely catchy without sounding wussy? Whatever. This is punk with more hooks that a tackle box! Think Descendants, think ALL, Slash and Burn guitars frantic vox....This pups got it all and its sweeter than cotton candy, I never would expect this from B.T.H. Chuck that Greenday CD and put in something with intestinal Fortitude. -c.t. “Heart of the Extremist-#1”

“Simple” CD
Now I know this release isn’t brand new, but I’m sure most people over here haven’t had a chance to hear it. Shorthanded is from Salem Oregon and I say that they are one of the best bands in the state. If you’re into underproduced, sloppy, 3 chord punk look elsewhere. These guys play fast, technical skate rock with melodic vocals. They are very Lagwagon and ALL influenced. They have a very polished sound, but are by no means a “big band”. When you hear this CD you may say these guys must have spent weeks in the studio working on overdubs. But I tell you, they’re one of the tightest live bands I’ve seen. If skate rock is your thing, you have to check out Simple. “Sojourner-#1”

“Simple” CD
I reviewed these guys a few issues back for a 7” that came out. The Oregon chaps have put out another great release which is more mature than the 7”. Modern 90’s Skate Punk that is very melodic without being soft. This release reminds me more of current Good Riddance meets Strung Out with a little more grit. - Don “Flipside-#114”

“Simple” CD
This 14 song album shows a good band cranking out some melodic punk that shows a good mix of simple melodies, nice straight-ahead guitar tones, and good vocals -“HM-#74”

“Simple” CD
This has mucho power in it!! This band came up with a 7” before this album but I will talk about the album. Fast and crazy melodic [punk] band, a band who knows how to appreciate a good band like the descendents, [whom] they also remind me a little bit of. But this is not a rip off, this is very much themselves [shorthanded]. 14 songs which you might think are from a band from California, but no, these guys are from Oregon. Did I mention they remind me of the Descendents.....? Ad to the list: Lagwagon, plus the singer/ guitarist used to play bass for an awesome band known as Crux. Order this or consider yourself out!! - “ The Revolutionary Man (Israel)-#2”

“Simple” CD
Where did this come from? Sure I heard their 7” and their track on the T&N comp, but WHOA! This contains some of the best start and stop, quick paces, hard and melodic guitar work that I’ve heard since ALL, The Descendents, or Big Drill Car! Vocals are also reminiscent of those bands in many ways. Like I said “Where did this come from?! 14 slabs of incredible slash and burn melodic punk. To be honest with you, no lie, the first two days I had this whenever I would play it, I’d just hit the repeat button on the CD player and let this thing spin for hours. - “The Crucial Times-#8”

“Simple” CD
I liked the shorthanded 7” fairly well, but I’m much more impressed with their full length. The songs are still pretty technical, with lots of weird stops and transitions. The vocals remind me a lot of someone, but I can’t quite place it (lagwagon?) Anyhow, the songs are really tight and kinda complicated, which is always good. Oh, and they’re pretty sounding. - “Something for Nothing #41”

“Simple” CD
At times a little too close to that whole Rhythm Collision and Bad Religion schtick, but still original enough to be worthwhile. This three-piece definitely play with energy and sincerity. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop. - “Maximum Rock’n’Roll-#185”

"S/T" - 7”
Very energetic melodic punk, in the vein of ALL. Also kind of Fat Wreck Chordsy with the vocals, but we can look past that. These guys seems to stand apart from the gargantuan pop-punk pack. Original yet catchy progressions with lots of energy. A few too many of those stop come back in on the beats but they make ‘em sound good at least. Lyrically, pretty good emo stuff mostly about relationships (surprise!), and for a 17 year old it seems like whoever writes these songs has been through a lot of sh** . Overall, a good record, and with two fat guys in the band you
can’t go wrong.- “Straight Force-#4”

"S/T" - 7”
Really aggressive pop. I wouldn’t say punk cause I don’t feel enough energy. They kind of sound like a really raw and slower version of NOFX plus a couple of other dimensions. By no means are they a NOFX rip off, maybe it’s just the vocals. “Set for Life” has a catchy bass that certainly sets the stage for a good tune. Its almost like pop hardcore? The edge is there, like if they let it go it’d really get crazy...waiting for the explosion. - “Annexx-#13”

"S/T" - 7”
Nice melodic California style punk rock, and these guys skateboard alright. This is a pretty good 7” it’s definitely got the fat wreck feel to it, the laid back california style. I would think that they would be a very active and energetic band during their live show but the picture inside the 7” tells a different story. Oh well at least they sound good on record. Definitely recommended to anyone into the california type punk rock stuff. - “Happy Goat-#5”

"S/T" - 7”
This 7-inch is full of that gritty melodic punk, kinda like
that pop band Blink 182. Musically, the song "Not a Flinch" is the best, with its choice of chords and creative lyrics. Check out the line "a mouth full of double talk tickles hopeful ears/side ‘A' plays through to flip side tears." Pretty cool. - “HM-#70”

"S/T" - 7”
5 songer from this salem, Oregon band. They play 90’s style skaterock (I used tat term due to the skateboard graphics and the references to riding styles) that doesn’t come off wimpy. Hints of 88 Fingers Louie meets Good Riddance comes to mind. If this is their first release, this is a very good one. I’m glad these guys spent some time rehearsing before recording, not like a lot of bands these days. - “Flipside-#113”

"S/T" - 7”
Judging from the layout of this record, these guys are definitely into skateboarding. Coincidentally, these guys sound a lot like a mix between NOFX and some older Lagwagon. Both of which have played a warped tour or two. If your into that scene, try this out. These guys can pull off their tricks well. - CR “Nothing Left Fanzine- #7”

“Slices of Life” CD ep
Can you say Descendents? Can you say ALL? Good, they are two awesome bands and so is Shorthanded! While Shorthanded in no way sound like a rip off of those bands the influence is there for sure. In this day of sound-alike generic pop punk it is awfully pleasing to this reviewer to hear a melodic punk band that do not feel obligated to play follow the formula music and feel compelled to write songs that are well structured, with interesting guitar work, catchy, well sung clear vocals, and loads of hooks. Also, pleasingly absent are the snotty-sounding vocals. Man, I love this CD! While their last CD had a bit of a hollow production, this new disc just blows me away with a crisp and tight full sounding production. I hear tooth and Bail has shown major interest in them. I hope that that does not prejudice people to checking out this band. Like I said, the guitar is well executed and interesting and can be fully comprehended because all of the songs, though not long, are at a pace that allows you to fully realize that shorthanded is a ban that will definitely go places. Heck, they’re already on the road there. - The Crucial Times-#13”