Review: The Decline- Are You Gonna Eat That? (Pee)

Posted: October 22, 2016 in Reviews

Five years on from its original release, The Decline has reissued their second full length LP, chock full of fast’n’loud melodic skate punk. And it’s just as good the second time around. The music is played at a frenetic pace, with influences from Bad Religion and 90s Fat Wreck Chords styles, and even metallic bits here and there. This is skate punk with a vengeance! The album opens with “Crash Course In Emotional English,” though it’s also a crash course in Perth, Australia’s punk heroes. It’s an introduction to skate punk, and an introduction to how fast controlled chaos in music can be the secret sauce to make something great. The pace never lets up throughout the dozen tracks – well, except for the penultimate “2006,” which is a pretty little track with acoustic guitar, violin, and vocals. In fact, on tracks like “66b” it just gets faster and more intense. I love the melodic lines in “Rooftops,” which is sung in straight time, with the rhythm section and guitars playing in a rapid-fire double time. “Excuse Me” is a particularly intense track, too, with some great guttural bass and some intense vocalization, particularly at the end of the song. And I love “The Financial Equivalent of a Complete Rectal,” which is not only super fast and crunchy, but bouncy as hell. Bottom line? Here’s the thing. I’m not a big fan of skate punk. It’s too slick and sometimes too metallic for my tastes. But, dammit, I really like The Decline. The tracks are skate punk, sure, but they’re expertly done, and they’re so fast and crunchy, how can you not like this?

Check it out: https://peerecords.bandcamp.com/album/are-you-gonna-eat-that

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