Direct Hit! isn't a punk band so much as a collection of pureed grey matter. But summer 2016 - with the help of Fat Wreck Chords - the Milwaukee, WI-based group will make those mushy brains useful by releasing "Wasted Mind": a 12-track concept album inspired by the warped sensibilities of such savage works as Burroughs' "Naked Lunch" and Thompson's "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas." Produced by All-American Rejects guitarist Mike Kennerty, "Wasted Mind" follows a cast of drug-addled, medicated and insane characters who check in and out of reality with reckless abandon. Musically it delivers on everything Direct Hit! fans have come to expect: clever lyrical content, catchy hook-laden riffs and driving pop-punk anthems. From "Forced To Sleep" to "Promised Land" to "Artificial Confidence," the massive polished sound of "Wasted Mind" begs to be sung/screamed along with.