Listen to: Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
POP punk godfathers/grandfathers the Descendents are back with their long-awaited new album – the first since 2004's Cool To Be You.
Hypercaffium Spazzinate finds the coffee-loving Californian veterans re-visiting all their favourite touchstones from coffee and food to girls and being defiantly uncool via 16 short sharp servings of their instantly recognisable melodic pop punk guitar swing.
Lyrically, chief songwriters Milo and Bill continue to offer words of humorous, self-deprecating wisdom such as defiant, pogo-friendly solo pep talks We Got Defeat, On Paper and Fighting Myself and heartache-fuelled melodic blasts Feel This, Without Love and Smile.
Pleasingly, there are more notable nods to the Descendents' early-80s days and sound here than ever before, from the stop-starty pop hardcore observations of Human Being to Victim of Me's groovy Statue of Liberty-esque note-to-self and Limiter's I'm Not A Loser-style fuzz bass fun.
Elsewhere, No Fat Burger serves up an amusingly late middle-aged sequel to the band's teenage ode to unhealthy eating I Like Food and also a cheeky reference to their size-ist anthem, No Fb.
A glorious exercise in 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' songwriting, Hypercaffium Spazzinate is another uplifting formula from America's longest-serving nerd punk scientists.
Take three times daily until symptoms approve.