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’ Purchase here
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.
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.
The Story So Far's lead singer, Parker Cannon, has announced that he will be releasing a solo demo for free this weekend on Bandcamp, under the name Snarl.
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 Found Glory Explain Creative Process Behind 'Resurrection'
New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert recently spoke to Fuse about the creative process behind their upcoming record, Resurrection. You can read the full interview here, and read an excerpt by clicking Read More.
Mixtapes have announced that they will play some shows on their way to Fest next month. These will be some of Mixtapes final shows before going on hiatus in November. Click Read More to check out the dates.
What I really love about Across All Oceans is the fact that while Andrew sings, you can sort of hear his British accent. Most people lose that when they sing, and it makes this band unique. They’ve recently put out an EP titled Looking Back, which you can purchase here.
RIYL: Save Your Breath, Taking Back Sunday, (old) All Time Low.
Stream their debut single, 'Same Old Conversations' by clicking Read More.
Man Overboard have been forced to postpone their European tour to April/May of 2015 and KOI Fest in Canada due to Nik tearing his ACL recently. Click Read More to view updates dates as well as a statement from the band.
Apparently alternative music fans purchase the most merch, with rock music fans following a close second. Does this surprise you? It certainly doesn’t surprise me as 90% of my wardrobe consists of band t-shirts.
About a month ago, You Blew It!'s van was broken into in a heavily trafficked parking lot in San Antonio. They saw a grey Suburban drive away from their van, but not after prying open the rear door and taking gear, passports, iPads, iPods, luggage and more (including Tanner's retainers… that's just odd).
If you can, please donate some extra cash to the band through their PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org), or purchase some items from their webstore. You can also purchase any or all of their albums through Topshelf Records’ Bandcamp.
You can view pictures of the gear that was stolen here.
Minority 905 are a brand new pop punk band out of Mississauga, ON. The band only have one single available currently, titled ‘Infatuating Love’, but it’s fantastic, and is a little different then the stuff we normally post on here. They remind me a LOT of Green Day (think Kerplunk!, Dookie, and 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours), and other 90s pop punk.
Keep an eye out for this bands debut release. I don’t think we’ll be seeing the last of them!
If you’ve ever been to or heard anything about San Francisco, you’d know what an innovative and industrial city it is. This goes for the music this powerhouse of a city is pumping out as well. And The American Scene is no exception. Definitely one of the calmer of the bands on the Pure Noise Records catalog, The American Scene holds a sound that will captivate, exhilarate, and put you in a constant haze for the duration of the record.
Haze starts off in an abrupt, yet calm manner with the title track. Soft guitar licks and a basic mesmerizing drum beat will seeps into your ears and locks you in. For those of you who are into the more ambient indie style, you found your alley and you’re sprinting right up it. The haze has begun and you’ll never want to leave! Despite the repetitive haunting question asking, “ I don’t know who would want to live forever in this haze,” you’ll be pleasantly caught in Haze forever, or at least for the ten songs these dudes from Berkley provide.
Drowsily moving onward into Royal Blue, The American Scene sticks true to their simplistic and captivating style. Upbeat, subtle, and ambient, track two moseys down the path the title track set for the album without missing a beat. Definitely a feel good vibe similar to Wu Lyf or SF locals Ghost Parade, this album will be played on many young professionals work playlists, and again while they’re getting high on the weekend.
Coasting us right into Nails of Love, the feel good ambiance stays strong. Soft dancing vocals and drawn out guitar notes guide us through a three minute and forty-six second story of what appears to be a lovers’ misfortune of heading in different paths. While getting high on the weekend and only dancing while drinking may be what causes this dismay for the song’s subjects, Nails of Love is a perfect soundtrack for both of those activities, if that’s your type of party.
Dancing away from the weekend tokers and to one of the catchier songs on the album (who am I kidding they’re all catchy, TAS nailed it!) we end up at 4th and Broadway. Really honing in on their slightly delayed, almost industrial guitar style, The American Scene keeps the haze heavy. Catchy and soft, don’t be surprised if you hear this track keeping you company as you peruse the clearance rack in Urban Outfitters this fall. Being a strong attention grabber, 4th and Broadway will be an excellent crowd pleaser and bump TAS up from a band you think you’ve heard of to a band you actually know and like.
Halfway through the album, the hazy four dudes from the bay area really slow it down on Dark Creak. Utilizing their simple drum beats and ambient guitar riffs, track five brings the haze deeper with a melodic, comforting, and groovy jam. So well orchestrated and in tune, while seeming the most simplistic, Dark Creak almost hides the intense drum beats amongst the casual guitar licks. Haze is in full effect.
Skipping ahead a track, Over To You sheds a new light, being the only track to start with vocals. Other than that quick jump off the track, the boys bring it right back into the mold of the album. Ambient, moderate, and a nice easy listening all under four minutes Over To You, ends perfectly to introduce the drum and bass heavy White Widow. Not giving much change to the structure White Widow stays true to the structure of the seven previous songs.
Almost a continuation to White Widow, Drone, starts with moving bass and drum followed by a robotic four count to lead in the rest of the band. Another hazy three minutes pass by, but who’s counting, we’re all fully enthralled at this point. Suddenly, the final track is here. Brume, nothing out of the ordinary and although expected, not disappointing in the slightest. The American Scene has a brilliant formula for each of the ten songs on the album. Simple, captivating, and exhilarating, Haze will have you in it for days. Put it on repeat, lay back, lose yourself, and enjoy The American Scene.
Knuckle Puck have premiered a brand new song off of their upcoming 7”, titled Oak Street. The 7” will be released on September 2nd via Bad Timing Records, and will be heading out on Senses Fail's Let It Enfold You 10 Year Anniversary Tour this fall. Stream Oak Street by clicking Read More.