On their fourth album Defiance Ohio continue to treat us to some finely carved out folk tunes. The band’s positivity is still as contagious as their socially aware lyrics are insightful. Not that the band ever gets too heavy with those, making sure they are always wrapped up in warm and melodic tunes that always sound like Defiance Ohio even though most of the members of the band share lead vocals on different songs. With plenty of gang vocals, these songs are also a plea for crowd participation at live shows. A plea that will not go unheeded because the songs are simply too damn catchy to be dismissed. It all makes “Midwestern Minutes” a serious contender for folk-punk album of the year.