We consider ourselves told off! after fielding lots of complaints on facebook from people about the title of the new Descendents album – it turns out that it’s not the album title at all but a limited bonus release – so everything is ok then? it’s a bonus disc so no -one has to be upset, or something…
Punk has along tradition of being offensive with all the excuses that entails.
Punk was never meant to be right on and for every life affirming, thrilling piece of music with set of lyrics to match there was a deliberately gonzoid and offensive song from another band to annoy what they would term the ‘punk police’. You can sometimes see the logic in this but quite often this oversteps the line into just plane old bullying.
The Descendents are a ‘legendary’ Californian ‘punk’ band but sound more like a fuzzy power pop band. They were around at the start of Black Flag and used to share rehearsal room space and members with Black Flag and some of the same goosed sense of humour. After 15 years they have readied a new album and unfortunately called it ‘Spazz Hazard’.
They are probably ‘trying to make point’ and the album title will do that time honoured thing of meaning not what it says and hide behind cloak of ‘irony’ but in a world teetering on the edge of world war three, Donald Trump about to become the president of the USA and terror on the streets, surely a punk band could find something else to write about instead of this snickering locker room bullying from middle aged men who should know better.
- CORRECTION – the album proper is called Hypercaffium Spazzinate and SpazzHazard is a limited edition Bonus disc.
- A full review of the album will be up in a couple days.