The Decline
Are You Gonna Eat That?


3.0
good

Review

by J.H. USER (16 Reviews)
November 4th, 2012 | 14 replies | 903 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Here's a better question: are you going to listen to this?

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The lyrical premises embedded in each song off of Are You Gonna Eat That? are pretty simple. They capsulate the same old recycled opinion that has been promulgated on thousands of punk albums since the very inception of the genre. There are a handful of tracks on the album that express reflections of shared relationships as well as the dissolution of humanity due to greed and capitalism. The differences between past releases expressing similar views are the words and that the pecuniary and relational woes are being voiced by a new group: The Decline. The band is a pop punk rock group from Australia and are one of the lesser-known contributors to the underground revival of the scene.

Though their songs have some interesting titles, the lyricism is far from profound or unique and essentially regurgitates the primary topics which have always concerned those interested in the genre. While bands like NOFX, Lagwagon, Blink 182 and Green Day once lead the original scene from the 90’s, there has been an uprising of hybrid bands similar to the old-school that have incorporated various other influences into their output inter alia Sharks, which have been said to have an alternative flavour in their songs, and The Gaslight Anthem with their late 50’s blues style. While these artists arguably lead today’s new wave of pop punk, certain artists that are like The Decline, such as The Stereo State, Up For Nothing, and The Hollowpoints (to a fair extent) have tried to maintain the original sound qua the classic perception of pop punk.

Albeit most of The Decline’s music is a rehash of old ideas it will be found enjoyable to fans of the genre simply because it meets the minimum standard for this particular style. Each song is energetic and the guitar riffs are interesting enough to draw one’s attention. The lyrics are likely to capture their target audience, even if in a lot of instances they beg the question and the vocals are noticeably flat. The songs are short so that their similarities don’t grate too heavily on the listener’s interest. But most importantly, the instrumental aspect isn’t generic and, though I am fairly certain that I am going to forget about listening to Are You Gonna Eat That? in an hour or so, I was genuinely entertained enough to listen through most of it in a sitting without feeling as though I’d much rather hear some Grimes or Backyard Mortuary. However, when I did it was because the music just didn’t cut it and at about half-way through left too much to be desired.

I am particularly picky now as I continue to listen to more and more new releases and compare styles of today’s elite with essentials of the past. But the album is fine for what it is considering it was written to appeal to a niche audience of listeners who are diehard fans of pop punk. Unfortunately, for those that climb the many branches of the living tree of music in search of new flavours within the fruits that they bear, it is unsurprising that when tasting this particular fruit, one will find it to be boring because it is a flavour that avid music-lovers have tasted many times over. Thus the caveat that I leave in conclusion is to be discretional before dabbling in Are You Gonna Eat That?. It is easy to disregard this album as having any significance rather than to recognize its raison d'être. For that reason I suspect many ratings for it similar to my own but anticipate dissenting opinions as yet another pop punk album is brought to the surface to be scrutinized solely on its merit (hopefully).



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Eclecticist
November 4th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was not planning on reviewing this but after I listened to most of it I found that I actually had some things to say.

Here's where it can be listened to for free: http://peerecords.bandcamp.com/album/are-you-gonna-eat-that

Spec
November 4th 2012



27062 Comments


I think of NOFX whenever I see their band name. The shock value of their cover art should get them some listeners but the band isn't good.

Eclecticist
November 4th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Regardless of the shock value I would like the album to get some listens just because it is a good example of lesser standards.

Eclecticist
November 4th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you think so then that's good. I disagree but obviously it's just a matter of opinion and tastes.

CaptainDooRight
November 4th 2012



28355 Comments


koo rev, posd, prolly won't check tho

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

Eclecticist
November 4th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks man yea don't bother. I am becoming notorious for reviewing average or decent albums but I like it because someone has to.

Gyromania
November 4th 2012



15202 Comments


haven't read anything by you in a while. good stuff.

Eclecticist
November 4th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks! I haven't seen you around in a while dude, it's nice to have you back.

Gyromania
November 4th 2012



15202 Comments


yeah i've been really busy with school and work, but both are coming to an end soon. i just posted a review recently and plan to post more soon. i think there was a four-month gap in-between from when i last reviewed =/

Eclecticist
November 4th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Between the former and the latter I am in the former situs right now and probably shouldn't have taken 2 hours out of my Sunday to write this review.... I would love to read reviews by you again and I am going to check out the one that you just wrote now! What are your plans for after school and work end?

Gyromania
November 4th 2012



15202 Comments


well i'll have to go back for schooling prob in march, so i'll have a few months to catch up on releases and write a shit tonne of reviews. once i go back i won't have too much time, but i won't be working so i'll prob still be able to contribute regularly. biology is pretty demanding.

Eclecticist
November 4th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That's strange that you are finishing now and starting again in March, are your semesters trimesters? I can only imagine how demanding Biology is! Law and econ keeps me at my wits end but I hear and read many complaints from my friends majoring in bio so I have a fair idea of what it is you are facing I suppose. I look forward to reading your reviews! The Lindstrom review I just read was solid.

Gyromania
November 4th 2012



15202 Comments


cheers =]

well, i'm upgrading atm, just taking some extra classes. getting a degree in biology is next to useless though - i'm eventually going to go into nursing. well, that's the plan at least!

Eclecticist
November 4th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nursing is a valiant profession and so I wish you all the best in regards to that particular endeavor! Though I would argue the degree of strength of a biology degree as it stands alone, specializing never hurts! I too had to choose a specialization for my degree.



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