Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate

There are only a handful of things you can rely on in this life – taxes, dickheads, death and Descendents – and only one of those really merits discussion. Descendents’ 1982 debut ‘Milo Goes to College’ may be the groovy album all the hipsters love to pretend to love with its iconic imagery and classic punk sound, but the truth remains that the coffee-loving Californian nerd herders have gone from strength to strength ever since, getting more accomplished, more refined and more Descendents with every release, and ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ shows no sign of bucking that trend. Little has changed in the 12 years since the band last released new music, or since the late 80s for that matter, but with shimmery, summery surf punk this good, who cares? A three-minute song limit? Check. Adult angst dressed in teenage pants? Check. Songs about doing well in school, life in a band and eating fast food (or rather the inability to any more)? Check, and, of course, at least one reference to the almighty all. Catchier than the Zika virus in an Olympic village and easier to hum than John Cage’s ‘4:33’, Spazzinate is as effortlessly fun as a water slide, but what elevates the album is the joyous professionalism with which these sonic grins are casually hurled out like it aint no thang. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick Descendents ever pulled was convincing us choruses are easy. So easy in fact that track 9, ‘Smile’, has two. Even when covering weightier topics such as depression, religion and ADHD drug dependency, the album scampers and rolls around like an excitable panda cub on a Haribo binge, while ‘On Paper’ is surely one of the most perfect pop songs ever written, and to be able to drop that into your set after 35 years in the game is no mean feat. Pop punk perfection 

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