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ALBUM REVIEW: Older, Fatter, Drunker - Youth Decay
Youth Decay - Older, Fatter, Drunker
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Record Label: New Damage Records
Reviewer: Mike Mule’
It happens to every adolescent punk out there. You go into “mosh retirement.” You start listening to softer music your moms will like. You have a heavier hangover and, an actual bedtime. You start growing up. But the party doesn’t have to end when you get older fatter and drunker. Some “old men” are still bringing the heat. And Holy Shit, these dudes are starting some Turf wars that will undoubtedly Wake The dead, or at lost those who thought the game was over. Pop Punk may be filled with youthful teens and early twenty somethings, but there’s still some fight left in the older crowd. Vancouver punks Youth Decay have proved that fully in their 4 song E.P. Freshly released through New Damage Records. With members from Daggermouth, Comeback Kid, Living with Lions, The Grave Life, and Carpenter, “Older, Fatter, Drunker” is a quick one that’s not recommended. This is a MUST to pick up.
Can I get a drum roll please? And we start off Older, Fatter, Drunker hard with blast beats, chants, and screams on “Little Winnipeg”. Short and sweet, fast and heavy, this straight up rules. Definitely more of a hardcore punk vibe, Youth Decay is very influenced by their members’ previous projects, and it may be the best punk super group to rampage through your ear drums. Some bands have the ability to maintain a pop factor while still being one of the heaviest things you’ve ever heard. Youth Decay has nailed this to a “T”.
With a giant leap into track two, “Stench of Regret” picks it up even more. In your face with pop punk breakdowns that we thought were left in 2006,Youth Decay revives the gang chants we all grew up on. Choruses to lose your voice to and verses that I can only assume will cause the heftiest of dog piles that will make any mid-twenties and older concert goer feel 17 again. You may have to come out of retirement for this one.
After you catch your breath, yet before you regret bum rushing the stage, the old fat drunk Vancouver punks belt out a strong minded message to inconsiderate cyclists. Share the road goes both ways! Guitar slides, fast mouthed shouting, and tons of stage dives “Psycho Cyclists” brings that negative attitude into this PMA world that pop punk needs from time to time. Get mean, get dirty, get aggressive, stay up past your bedtime.
Ending this tease of Canadian fury is “33”. Loud and happy, heavy and poppy. Stu McKillop (vocals) rides that fine line of a hardcore scream/ high pitched sing song voice. Just enough rasp, just enough notes hit, just enough booze, “33” is perfectly orchestrated to keep the crowd going, the old heads dancing, and the young kids influenced. A perfect ending to a glimpse of pop punk’s past. While this scene is getting younger and the genre gets broader, there’s still some with decayed youth who aren’t done yet, aren’t sitting back to watch the kids have all the fun. Youth Decay is here. And are here to party.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘To The Moon’ - Dangercat
Dangercat - To The Moon
Release Date: September 30th
Record Label: Self-Released
Reviewer: Mike Mule’
Just north of Minnesota and North Dakota, you can find the diverse city of Winnipeg. This wonderful, culturally diverse city right in the middle of Canada is home to roughly 1.2 million ecstatic and prideful human beings. Why so ecstatic you may ask? Well four men out of the 1.2 million populace form the raspy, radically rocking punk band known as Dangercat. After a first listen of “To The Moon”, going to those lengths for a copy wouldn’t be absurd. With traces of pop punk from years past, raspy yet soothing vocals, and crunched guitars that aren’t overly saturated with post production, “To The Moon” is one of those feel good records reminding you why you’re a punk rocker to begin with.
Four stick clicks, and Dangercat slowly introduces us to the first of ten moon bound songs. “Fear and Drugs” timidly starts of the record with clean guitars and soft raspy vocals. While not straying too far off the path to be noticed or different from the punk scene, Dangercat’s first track paves the road for what the record will be. Fun, catchy, and something everyone can get down too.
Blasting off into track two we have “Basement.” You guessed it, a standard punk song about drinking in a basement. Grab your tall boys, grab your friends, grab the mic, and sing a long. Faster and more aggressive than the previous track, this one gets the party started. And it doesn’t stop there!
Now be honest, bass heavy intros/verses can make or break a song by really mudding up the flow, like the waters of Winnipeg! Luckily Dangercat knows what they’re doing. Slight traces of perhaps a Title Fight or Jawebreaker rear its head on “In My Way”. Taking us from the initial blast off to a cruising speed. Easy moving and a little more tame, the bass-led tune will most definitely plant it’s flag in your brain and have you singing along in just one quick listen.
Jumping ahead a few we’re at one of the heavier tunes on the album. “ Killing Time” comes in strong, vocally and instrumentally. Call and answer vocals. Pumped up palm mutes. Long winded choruses. “Killing Time” has all the crucial components a punk song needs to wrangle in any new fan. While still not out of the norm of the genre, Dangercat keeps it catchy and fun.
Ending on a good, fast, catchy and poppy note is “See You In Hell.” They saved the heater for the end. Throwing it in overdrive the final song unleashes all the fury that is Dangercat. Utilizing all aspects that make a punk song stick, we have repetitive sing songy choruses, clean crisp bridges, and lyrics of defiance and individuality. Dangercat has made the people of Winnipeg proud, and fully succeeded in taking this one out of Canada and to the moon.
Parker Cannon Announces Solo Project
I finally had enough time at home to write/earned enough money from touring to record my demo. Its almost done, I’ll be droppin it on bandcamp this weekend for free. Some cool merch will be available online as well. A huge thank you to my brotha@carlitosxguey for the artwork, if you need designs done, hit him up. Stay tuned! SNARL HC 2014
NEW SONG: ‘Rest To Get Better’ - Transit
It seems as though Transit have returned a little to the Listen & Forgive era with their debut track off of Joyride. Check it out above! What do you think?