This Philadelphia pop-punk trio explores some familiar territory with the release of its debut self-titled EP. The Loved Ones is a straight-for-the-throat-and-hit-’em-when-he’s-down punk rock band that gathers most of its influence from other pop-punk bands. Most of this release has already been done – it sounds like anything from the Fat Wreck Chords/Epitaph pop-punk explosion of the 90s. But that shouldn’t discredit the band completely; this music is tight and explosive, and singer Dave Hause has a soulful voice that’s a dynamic force in creating the band’s energy. Even when the group departs from the traditional fast-driven, anthem-like songs like Drastic, there’s still a hint of what Hause is fully capable of doing. This record exists as a reminder that pop-punk is not dead.