The above is the question that everyone asks: how do you define punk? Many people say many different things, but which one is right? Is it simply the style of fast paced songs that many punk bands have? Or is punk simply anything that is rebellious, or speaks out against an issue or person? Well, in my opinion, the latter is correct. I mean, isn’t that the origin of punk? Some rebels that decided to throw together a band and speak out against things they didn’t like? But then again, the definition of punk as a music is,”A loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music.” So is that punk? Well, to be honest, their is no definitive answer. The question above will always be up for debate for their is no answer. Punk is a medium, an art form, and art can’t be explained. Their are many interpretations, but you can never no the true meaning behind it.
From the lead singer of Holy Mess comes a new musical project: Steveo & The Crippling Addictions. Recently, they released their album Desolation Monday, which is what I am reviewing. I was a bit skeptical going into this, considering the recent pop-punk albums have generally not been the best, with the exception of a few. However, this album leaped past my expectations and ended up being a pleasant surprise. When I started the album, I was greeted with a great punk melody from the song Good Kids that was definitely one of the best punk melodies of the year. Then there is the song “Girl One,” a song that has an awesome blues like guitar riff, combined with a melody just as good if not better than the first track just to sweeten the deal. Many other highlight songs include 10-4 and The City. However, the album is in no way perfect. Many of the melodies seem too similar to each other for you to enjoy it, and that on its own is a major blow to the album as a whole. This is especially obvious in tracks like Elementary, My Dear Watkins which sounds like it was just made to fill space. Overall, the album has a lot of great melodies, but it is weighed down by the lack of creativity present throughout the album. So, from a critics’ standpoint, I would give this album a 7.2 out of 10, meaning it is a decent album, but nothing revolutionary.
2017 has been a great year for punk, though must of it has stayed relatively unknown to the general public. In this list, we are gonna list the top 10 punk albums (and eps) of 2017 (so far) including hardcore punk, pop-punk, proto-punk, etc. (Please note I am not including LCD Soundsystem in this list, even though they are dance punk.)
10.NOFX – First Ditch Effort
9.The Lower Orders – Street Justice (EP)
8.Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
7. The Dropkick Murphy’s – 11 Ghost Stories of Pain and Glory
6. The Sneaks – It’s A Myth
5. Tough Age – Shame
4. Idles – Brutalism
3.Downtown Boys – Cost of Living
2.Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
1.Algiers – Underside of Power
We will make a playlist combining the best songs from these albums soon.