Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Who is the band that your friend has told you about for years and you always blow it off?

My friend and former co-worker Fred Toucher, a man with a Milo tattoo, told me to listen to The Descendents. I always blew it off; I ignored his suggestion. I don’t have any excuse for it.

However, I am finally listening to them.

Why the hell did I wait so long to listen to a Descendents record??? Holy shit they are fun!

Hypercaffium Spazzinate is melodic power punk. This record is filled with one quick sing-a-long after another. The songs are fast-paced and high energy, but they are not scream-y or incoherent. This record is not hardcore in any way, shape, or form.

This is not a negative thing at all. Hypercaffium Spazzinate is an attractive album because the speed and energy of the music are not overwhelming. This album sounds like something you would hear on the sound system in that store at the mall that sells skateboards, Vans, and overpriced t-shirts.  It is the store with the inattentive employee who is wearing Wayfarer style sunglasses made out of wood and an artificially faded tank top with ‘West Coast is Best Coast’ printed on it even though he lives in Alpharetta, GA and the furthest west he has ever been was that one time his family went to visit his mean old aunt Sandra in Little Rock four years ago when he was twelve.


But, I digress…

Hypercaffium Spazzinate is a surprise for me and makes me realize that I am missing out on an entire catalog of great music.  This album is not intrusive and it is easy to enjoy.  Also, this record makes me think that most mainstream punk bands have been emulating The Descendents and I never knew it.



My favorite track: Without Love




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