Presidents of the United States of America: Kudos to You! 

The Presidents keep it silly on their latest release

The Presidents of the United States of America have long been known as one of music's silliest bands. Over the course of two decades, little has changed, a fact the trio flaunts on Kudos to You! (PUSACorp, Feb. 14, 2014), the band's first release in six years.

Humor is still the name of the game, as evidenced by the band's odes to everything from small-scale insect wars ("Flea vs. Mite") to the fate of a poor spirit ("Crappy Ghost"). And bassist-singer Chris Ballew is not above parodying every country heartbreak song ever written on the witty country rocker "Poor Little Me" or weaving a ridiculous story about being genuinely afraid of little rubber puppets in "Finger Monster."

The Presidents--or PUSA as the band refers to itself--sticks to schtick like the titular bug in "Slow Slow Fly," but the cut-and-paste lyrical sensibility of the nonsensical rocker "Electric Spider" is both clever and random at the same time, and don't be surprised if you suddenly feel the urge to take a trip to the Buckeye State after hearing PUSA's "Ohio." Sure, there are enlightened moments like "Good Morning Tycoon" in which Ballew takes shots at the 1 percent, but with his faux-sunshiny vocals, the result is funny as well as sad.

If you know PUSA, you know what you're in for, but that's OK. The band rocks, it brings the silly like nobody's business and the music is a blast. For some, it might be the same old song and dance, but when it's done as well as PUSA does it, is that really a bad thing?

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