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"The frequent flow of house party, garage, and bar shows is saturated with typical hardcore punk rockers--and typical to Tacoma, a certain air of learned apathy. However, there are a handful of Tacoma bands which defy this mold. KRAMER, a three piece punk band, is one such outfit, who remind us not to snub an entire genre..."
"So what makes KRAMER so good? How do they differ so radically from the "Tacoma-weekend-punk-band" stereotype? First of all, they have numerous influences spanning the entire rock and roll spectrum: from blues to surf. Sounds crazy, but they play it well. Aside from their unique addition to punk, these boys have a laid-back and unpretentious attitude towards playing music--they play because they love to play, period. They are all instantly likeable, which translates to their shows. You can't see them live and not love them."
"The six-song mini album builds on a compelling aesthetic established by Kramer's self-titled debut album in 2011; that is, the intersection of euphoric, reverb-drenched surf jams – the new EP closes with a remake of Chantays classic, “Pipeline” – and the hooky mania of First Wave punk."
"Lyrically, Kramer cuts typically burst at the seams with party-hearty irreverence, a la “Crocs,” a goofy, high-octane account of a fictional beach party at which the aforementioned footwear gets stolen. Its underlying message: “F---|||| Crocs! Get chicks! Drink beer! Get blitzed!” But social commentary does surface here and there, a la “Kill the I.R.S.,” a punk rant against materialism and a mosh-worthy favorite during last weekend’s set at McCoy’s Tavern in Olympia. “Trash a bank / burn a bridge,” Birkedahl sings, “Stop the war / adopt a kid / kill the I.R.S.” But the band’s most infectious cut comes from its first album. Between epic blasts of guitar echo and its observation of local street life, “Pac Ave” is one of the coolest odes to Tacoma grit since Girl Trouble’s 1994 anthem, “My Hometown.”
"From the get-go the title track of this record starts with big sound and only gets bigger and more dynamic as it plays along. Despite the bands disdain for being labeled, it is clear that these kids are a formidable garage-punk band. You just can’t have out of this world reverb and custom crafted vocals like these kids do without recognizing the influence behind it."
"I LOVE this record! It’s just not something that you can sit still while listening to it; it implores you to get up and move. The guitars jangle appropriately, the cymbals crash just when you need them to, and Travis has that bass guitar smoking fucking hot!"