Various Artists (Punk)
Either/Or Sucks: A Tribute To Descendents


4.0
excellent

Review

by J.H. USER (16 Reviews)
February 12th, 2012 | 24 replies | 4,646 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very enjoyable and slightly diverse cover album.

The Descendents are the most revered 80’s pop punk band to have ever existed. They have been the foundational influence for most of the world’s greatest punk bands. Almost 25 years later, since the band’s most career-defining decade, there are still young and upcoming punk artists paying tribute to them. Even artists outside of the punk genre are still covering their songs, like Atreyu’s version of Clean Sheets. Now in 2012, Either/Or Records have released a promotional encomium with fifteen tracks of angsty, energetic, melodic covers of classic Descendents tracks.

The album features some very prominent underground bands that range from subgenres such as pop punk, hardcore punk, and even ska punk! But the diverse flavours serve merely as additives; the real life of the album is in the passion of each cover. Granted, there are a few really unsettling tracks, such as the cover of the song We by Frank and Earnest, but aside from those few the album as a whole is beautiful. The version of We not only lacks the aforementioned passion that was described but also, the vocals on the track are dead. The same can be said for the attempt at Rotting Out by Hard Daze and I’m Not A Punk by Hospital Garden. Hospital Garden’s version is in the vein of, what sounds to this listener like, downplayed gothic rock and completely takes away from the diegetics of the original song.

It sure is lucky that the rest of the featured tracks on the album absolutely rule! I’m The One by We Are The Union, Another Grill by Caleb Lionheart, and When I Get Old by Bike Tuff are just some of the songs off of the compilation that really capture the true essence of the Descendents style. While a taste of some experimentation is brought by bands like Weak Teeth, Fisherking, and Call It Quits as they added the hardcore flavour mentioned before and We Are The Union brought the ska. The rest of the tracks vary between really energetic pop punk, skater, and street punk. What really makes this a great cover album is the wide array of hooks that each individual band added to their own irrespective tracks.

It feels great to say in absolute confidence that this is one of those few cover albums done right. Each featured artist really gave it their all (except maybe Frank and Earnest, Hospital Garden, and Hard Daze) and really showed in their own way why the Descendents rocked so hard, and continue to rock hard as their legacy is perpetuated through the newer generations of musicians. The timeless classics played on the album Either/Or Sucks: A Tribute To Descendents will surely bring the nostalgia and respect of every avid Descendents fan, young or old. Thank you members of the label for doing such a great job!

Recommended Tracks:

We Are The Union - Thank You
Call It Quits - Bikeage
HisDayHasCome - I Won't Let Me



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Eclecticist
February 11th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album can be heard here:

http://eitherorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/either-or-sucks-a-tribute-to-descendents

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2012



49980 Comments


Descendents aren't a pop punk band, that term didn't even exist back then

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Eclecticist
February 11th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay historical flaw, but then again this album didn't exist back then either.

Funeralopolis
February 11th 2012



11164 Comments


either/or is a pretty good album if you ask me

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TheSpirit
February 11th 2012



17650 Comments


the term heavy metal didn't exist when black sabbath first came out, are they not a metal band for it?

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2012



49980 Comments


I guess Descendents other albums are pop punk, but Milo Goes To College definitely isn't, and that's their defining album

Eclecticist
February 11th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually the term 'Heavy Metal' was first used to describe a Sir Lord Baltimore album, so it did exist around the time of Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath is credited initially as a heavy psychedelic rock band but was later called heavy metal when the term picked up.

Aphrodisiac
February 11th 2012



1739 Comments


either/or is a pretty good album if you ask me [2]


TheVoiceAndTheSnake
February 11th 2012



3663 Comments


"Black Sabbath is credited initially as a heavy psychedelic rock band but was later called heavy metal when the term picked up."

Blue Oyster Cult was credited the same way

dimsim3478
February 11th 2012



4851 Comments


Band isn't very pop punk, but shit like "Nothing With You" is pretty well infused with it. And yeah, Milo Goes to College is straight up punk (almost hardcore, even).

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Eclecticist
February 11th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Blue Oyster Cult was credited the same way"

I would imagine so, it's actually interesting if you go back to the 70's and listen to the transitioning developments in the different styles of rock back then.

xfearbefore
February 11th 2012



1245 Comments


Compared to the hardcore scene of the time, yeah, Descendents pretty much were pop punk. Milo Goes to College has pop-punk all over it, it's just done in a more aggressive and hardcore fashion than what the current "pop punk" term has come to mean. Same thing could be said about Screeching Weasel's early stuff, but it's still technically pop punk I'd say.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2012



49980 Comments


well I mean Buzzcocks and Ramones are way poppier than Descendents, and they aren't usually considered pop punk

Eclecticist
February 11th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really didn't mean to start a debate, although it is really interesting to hear everyones individual opinions on the matter.

xfearbefore
February 11th 2012



1245 Comments


Buzzcocks and Ramones are definitely considered the inventors of pop-punk.

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
February 11th 2012



3663 Comments


Are we talking in terms of production or live performances?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2012



49980 Comments


inspiration and inventors aren't the same thing

Ire
February 11th 2012



41753 Comments


sir lord baltimore m/

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2012



7022 Comments


what is the joke in the title supposed to be

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2012



49980 Comments


everything sucks mixed with ?



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