Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate

"Descendents approach the album with their usual charm and talent and once again they've created a real winner"

When you look at lists of iconic punk bands, it’s most likely that Descendents will be there. The band’s influence is substantial and many groups (including bands outside of the punk spectrum) owe a lot to the legendary Californian punks. The brilliantly named Hypercaffium Spazzinate is the band’s comeback album, a phrase which has been used for many previous albums in the band’s near forty year career. But every album the band produces is an event and Hypercaffium is no different.

Hypercaffium Spazzinate reveals a more adult Descendents, the topics the band deal with on this release deal are grown up issues including relationships, growing older, dieting, recovering from illness, and fighting for yourself. The band tackles them in a way that is familiar with an added sense of maturity, while keeping the same youthful energy and humour that makes them still relevant and entertaining. The dynamics on the the album are a real strength to this release, tender pop punkish songs such as ‘Without Love,’ are contrasted by the forty-five second weight loss anthem ‘No Fat Burger,’ alongside the punk rock blasts of ‘Victim of Me.’ Hypercaffium is not only brilliant but often inspiring. ‘Smile’ contains the inspiring lyrics of: “Toil away and at the end of the day, you can look back on a game well played,” it’s comforting to know after thirty-nine years together, they can still write songs that resonate and connect with their fanbase. I have no doubt that fans will love this album, which at only thirty-four minutes long, doesn’t overstay its welcome and still left me wanting more. Fans of punk music may feel like they’ve heard this material before, but modern music owes so much to these unsung heroes.

Tackling a wide range of subjects, Descendents approach the album with their usual charm and talent, and once again they’ve created a real winner. Lets just hope we don’t have to wait another twelve years for the next album to be made.

Descendents Hypercaffium Spazzinate

1. Feel This
2. Victim Of Me
3. On Paper
4. Shameless Halo
5. No Fat Burger
6. Testosterone
7. Without Love
8. We Got Defeat
9. Smile
10. Limiter
11. Fighting Myself
12. Spineless and Scarlet Red
13. Human Being
14. Full Circle
15. Comeback Kid
16. Beyond The Music

Descendents are:
Bill Stevenson – Drums
Milo Aukerman – Vocals
Karl Alvarez – Bass
Stephen Egerton – Guitar

Credit: Kevin Scanlon

Credit: Kevin Scanlon

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About Jack (818 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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