Political punk is a dead movement all in all. Why is that? The music that Black Flag and Bad Religion made back in the day brought attention to relevant issues and urgently addressed the sad realities of the everyday man’s life that affected us all individually a bit more than we openly like to realize it did. Pop punk was so popular with the young'uns because the songs detailed the bliss of immaturity and love through the eyes of naive youth, so post-hardcore ended up taking up the job of discussing the social issues. However, with emo and post-hardcore making their angsty mark on culture through more adult songs of love gained and then lost, and the once dominant anarchists-turned-geezers not having anything important to write lyrics about anymore for some reason, punk seems to have retained attitude but let its subject matter collapse into more trivial issues. Maybe it’s just that the casual listener can (and is more willing to) relate to issues on a much smaller and more personal scale than to bother with involvement in problems larger than they themselves.
Honeys is a punk album that embraces all the pet peeves, minor annoyances, and persistent irritations of everyday working class life and explodes them miles out of proportion with irate noise. Honeys violently shatters the boundaries between noise rock and punk by relying on barrages of formless feedback for structure just as much as it does charging basic chords. It is the ultimate explosion of suppressed frustration with the most trivial of problems, and it isn’t ashamed to make an insane and outrageous deal over having it up to here with first world problems. Whether it’s the continually subpar quality of cafeteria food, being paranoid about wondering if the laughter you heard was directed at you, or the pained responsibilities to come out of the blurred transition from teenager to official adult stature, Pissed Jeans is letting loose and venting about these problems through the most hectic and disjointed of clanging, harsh, warped, detrimental static and distortion that combined with the shouted vocals often sounds like hearing a mental breakdown in a therapy session muffled through a closed door.
If you’re in a mood where children are starving in Africa, but god dammit, who the hell cares, you’re stuck in traffic, there is nothing more therapeutic than this album.
Ah yeah. The review is not very good, Alex. The 2nd paragraph is spot-on, but the 1st seems like an unnecessary history lesson. It'd work if the review was longer though. You basically spend more time talking about the punk scene than describing the album. It should've been the other way around.
Well, everything I said had to do with describing the album's unique lyrical themes, and I think the first paragraph was necessary in giving perspective and background on how punk's themes have gotten to this point and why lyrics about things that aren't seriously important are relatable.
@GiaNXGX Give me 2 good examples of modern political punk bands that are relevent and popular in the general hardcore punk scene nowadays.
You've totally misread my point. I was pointing at the fact that you spent too much time describing the scene... in such a brief review. You're only tackling the album in the 2nd paragraph (which is not enough imo). Pretty half-baked review if you ask me. This para would work better as a sound-off.
The phrase with political punk at the beginning is also questionable to say the least.
It's not a really big deal that describing what I wanted to describe about the punk scene's background took just a little more wording than it did to describe the album's sound, I mean the general punk scene is a bigger subject afterall, but I tried to make both paragraphs as breif as I could. The paragraphs are really about the same length anyway.
Also, I'll believe the political punk not being mostly dead thing when I'm given some examples of modern politically charged hardcore punk bands that are pretty popular, because that side of punk has pretty much been dethroned by all the new subgenres.
And yeah greg, I get that you're saying that in only two short paragraphs I spend half of it talking about the punk scene, but the thing is, I would have only used the second paragraph as the entire review if I didn't feel the first was needed. Two paragraphs may be too short to you but I've been trying to make my reviews as concise as I can, I think it's more straightforward that way, as opposed to huge essays.
Wow, alright then, you completely missed the entire point I was trying to convey with this whole review. I wasn't saying this album was politically charged at all, in no way do I say that. I was talking about how punk has retained the attitude but the subject matter has changed from important political issues that matter, to the trivial social observations that are discussed on this album.