Hamilton’s Thought Beneath Film put out their album ‘Cartographers’ last week and it is the perfect punk-pop-rock soundtrack to the summer. While this album isn’t exactly groundbreaking – it is a great take on the power pop / punk genre. Heartfelt power pop / punk bands have been a mainstay in popular music for a long time. The recent of success of Taking Back Sunday’s tour is a sign that this type of music is still alive and well.

Cartographers sounds like being young in the summer time. It sounds like spending your days at a crappy seasonal job, and spending your money on beach parties summer flings. BBQ’s, PBRs, and cottage fun. I haven’t listened to this type of music in a long time, however I do think that this album is really good and I know it would be my favorite if I was 19 years old.

Cartographers is a noteworthy album because the songs are clean, well produced, and they come off as heartfelt and genuine. These Hamilton boys have managed to put out a really slick album that is radio friendly and is accessible to a wide audience. Thought Beneath Film are well situated in Hamilton because there isn’t really another band in town that has this type of sound and that is this polished.

Favourite tracks: Cartographers, Maybe I’m a Chump, and False Skin.