Review: Spoilers- Stay Afloat (Brassneck)

Posted: May 27, 2015 in Reviews

Spoilers - Stay Afloat cover art

Spoilers are a Kent-based four piece melodic punk band and are clearly influenced by what many consider the classic ‘90s epi-fat sound. Their mini-album Stay Afloat is fast-paced, frenetic and yet retains hooks. I would file this under skate-punk, rather than pop-punk, but the hooks are fairly big when they come. “Freaked” is a great example of this with its recurring hook of “I can’t speak, ‘cause I can’t stop laughing”. There are elements of Face to Face, Snuff and Down By Law here, which is not a bad thing at all. Influenced by them, the guitars sound great: they strike the right balance between clean and gritty, something which goes for the production of Stay Afloat in general. Spoilers are clearly deeply rooted in the genealogy of punk, with elements of both Lookout pop-punk and ‘80s US hardcore present here. “Who’s to Blame” invites a mid-tempo sing-a-long, while “The Unlucky Winner Is” is probably the fastest track on here, recalling in parts early Propaghandi. Overall, a very enjoyable mini-album, which proves that the epi-fat sound of the ‘90s still has some legs in it yet.

Check it out here: https://brassneckrecords.bandcamp.com/album/spoilers-stay-afloat

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