Since Fat Wreck Chords began nearly 30 years ago, people have associated the label with a certain sound, and its safe to say it bears little resemblance to Tommy and June. The self-titled debut from the mysterious duo lacks the aggressive, overdriven power of the bands on Fat Wrecks Mount Rushmore. Tommy and Junes 10 tracks stick mostly to acoustic guitars, breathy vocal harmonies, and a spirit indebted to Pete Seeger as much as Pete Shelley. But this isnt power chords on acoustic guitars, or punks unplugging for noveltys sake. Delicate finger-picking carries Lonely Train, Adulthood, and closer Young Man Bones, for instance. Better Life Story and Monogamist bounce with a folky jauntiness. Mary Unfaithful is a straight-up pop song that should soundtrack a montage in a romantic comedy. In a good way. That said, Tommy and June isnt coffeeshop chic. The distorted guitars and propulsive percussion of Ghost of Paris, located at the midway point of the album, will sound familiar to Fat Wreck fans. The organ-assisted New Alive is a hooky blast of new wave energy, which Black Maze picks up again toward the end of the album. Lyrically, Tommy and June has plenty of teeth. Jetlag Blues recalls the experience of Traveling While Brown, and Adulthood, Better Life Story, and Young Man Bones exude a punk rock defiance to the expectations of growing up. Listeners who pay attention to the lyrics will hear enough clues to guess something about Tommy and Junes lives. But label co-founder Fat Mikewho assembled the duo like an impresario from rock n rolls pastwants to maintain the mystery. He will say that he met Tommy in Israel a dozen years ago and encountered June, an Iranian who lives in Colombia, on tour in South America. Both were great songwriters but had never met. At the urging of Fat Mike, the unlikely duo a Jew from Israel, and a Colombian Arab united in the studio, and the result is 10 clean, simple, catchy tracks.