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The Chinkees
Searching For A Brighter Future (Asian Man Records)

By: Alex Steininger

You could call The Chinkees the Asian Man Records 'house band'. Front man/songwriter Mike Park is the owner of Asian Man Records. Bassist Miya Osaki does publicity for the label. And, well, The Chinkees embody everything Asian Man is about - having fun, fighting racism, and playing ska and pop-punk music.

On their third full-length, Searching For A Brighter Future, The Chinkees deliver hook-laden, danceable ska charged up by pop-punk, ranging in influences from Operation Ivy (going as far as to cover "Bankshot") to The Specials.

Organ-drenched and refusing to pull punches, The Chinkees deliver a politically alive, fun record that will make you smile, dance, and want to sing along. I'll give it a B+.

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