Personnel: Mike Kennerty (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Devon Kay, Nick Woods (vocals, guitar); Steve Maury (vocals); Scott Chesak (keyboards); Danny Walkowiak (drums).
Audio Mixer: Andy Carpenter .
Recording information: ACME Sound Studios, Madison, WI; Bobby Peru Recording, Milwaukee, WI.
The Milwaukee-based pop punk unit's sophomore studio long-player and first for new label Fat Wreck Chords, the aptly named Wasted Mind finds Direct Hit! tearing through a sugary set of vice-filled party anthems that blend punishing hardcore with huge pop melodies. Opening with a sample of Dr. Timothy Leary reading "A Message to Young People" from his 1966 America Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out LP, the 12-track set should appease fans of the group's 2013 debut, Brainless God, as well as any pop punk aficionados looking for something that's still relatively confectionary, but with a little extra bite. ~ James Christopher Monger