Band: The Descendents
Album: 'Merican EP
To me, The Descendants are an unknown pop punk band. I had heard of them, but after a disliked track one of my friends sent me I was put off them. Now, there is so much hype over their new upcoming album "Cool To Be You", that I decided to give these pop punkers another chance. I'm so glad I did.
Nothing With You - 8/10
The Descendants have all the nessesary ingrediants to make a well rounded pop punk song. Great riffs, great vocals, great lyrics. Great everything. This song displays how a pop punk song should sound, and if you ever wanted a description of what power pop-punk in my book sounds like, then this song would be quite self-explanatory.
'Merican - 8/10
This is a lot different than the first track, and proves these guys are more than a band having fun. With their political lyrics looking at American History (Ku Klux Klan, Vietnam, slavery, pollution) and the Bad Religion like riffs, this is another good point for this band. Also, the chorus must be one of the best I heard in years; you'll sing along those few sentences in no time!
Here With Me - 7/10
A bit slower, but still as punky. It is a typical po punk song and The Descendants know how to make them sound right. It's loud, and it's guitar, bass and drums match perfectly with the lyrics.
I Quit - 7/10
The end of this album is lacking slightly, but this rock 'n' roll kinda song is still a great song to listen to and just rock to. With a chorus anyone can shout along to ("I quit, I quit!") and hard and heavy guitars, this band are still doing it right.
Secret Track - 5/10
Now we go to the hidden unnamed track. I don't have a problem with bands trying out something different, but Descendents better stick with their energetic or lightfooted hearfelt songs instead of this slow and useless rubbish. No wonder they didn't have a title for it, and I try to look at it as a decompression-song after 4 amazing tracks.
This taster is a reminder to everyone about how REAL pop punk music should sound nowadays, and The Descendents are doing it right, and have been for the past 14 years. This EP has certainly changed my opinion on this superior band, and I will be looking forward to the day when their new album comes out!
Look out kiddys, the grandaddys of pop punk are back!
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