Listen: We've done our fair share of Forever The Sickest Kids dogging here at DC9 over the past 12 months or so--sometimes for good reason, and sometimes because, well, we were just bored.
But, fact of the matter is, these guys had themselves a hell of a year: They released their debut, Underdog Alma Mater, to a pretty warm reception from the Hot Topic set; their song "Woah Oh! (Me Vs. Everyone)" was a pretty moderate radio hit; they hit up the Warped Tour; were featured almost weekly, it seems, in the Alternative Press; their song was placed on The Hills; and they performed on Conan.
So, it really shouldn't come as a surprise at all then, that someone would include FTSK in some sort of year-end list. Who was it? This Toronto-based music blog, called AWMusic, which has named Underdog Alma Mater the third-best power pop record of the year, calling the disc "a perfect example of what power pop means".
Well, how 'bout that? More power to them. --Pete Freedman