Every time I think I’ve got a good grasp of the music world, along comes a band like Descendents. By “along comes a band”, I mean in 1977 – almost 40 years ago – they came along. I’m so Jon Snow. Their latest album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, dropped last Friday. All day I was thinking how they reminded me of Me First and The Gimme Gimmes (just a little less tongue and cheek). Okay, so I had that backwards.
If you’re a Jon Snow like me, this So Cal group started out in L.A.’s hardcore punk scene. To date, they’ve produced seven studio albums, three live albums, three EP’s, and three compilation albums. What’s you’re going to find on this album is probably what you’d expect – sharp guitar riffs, bouncing beats, and bass lines that keep the whole thing glued together as it ricochets off the wall and careens from one track to the next. Musically, these pop-punk tracks are less snarl & spit and more sneer & slobber. That’s not a knock on the band or the album, it’s the accessibility of the genre.
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