The Descendents are a classic punk band that I started listening to in the late '80s. With the departure of Milo Aukerman back around 1987 the then current lineup, (the band had experienced some lineup changes since their beginning), continued on by changing the band's name to All and working with different vocalists over the years since. All released albums that really did not differ much from the Descendents formula other than that the focus might have been a little more on the melodic songs and tighter grooves. Years later the band would again team with Milo and release a new Descendents album entitled 'Everything Sucks' in late 1996. This move, and the fact that they also played on the Warped Tour during the summer of 1997, introduced the Descendents to a whole new generation of fans.
The band has continued making All albums since that time, but they finally re-teamed with Milo again and released 'Cool To Be You' in 2004. It was great to finally get another release from the Descendents, and I believe that this album sounds as good as any of their past efforts. It also finds the band evolving somewhat in their style and approach.
The Descendents are a classic punk band that I started listening to in the '80s. This EP was a good companion to the full-length: 'Cool To Be You'. 'Here With Me' is one of my personal favorites of the Descendents newest material. This EP also has a bonus hidden track.
1996’s Suburban Teenage wasteland Blues was the first album that Strung Out really started to develop their own unique sound and style on. That style being their innovative brand of technical and heavy melodic punk, which also incorporates in elements of hardcore, metal and progressive. Even though this was a great album the band took their next release, Twisted By Design, to even greater heights. Following that Strung Out released the incredible The Element Of Sonic Defiance in the year 2000. The only thing that seemed to slow down the band’s subsequent progression on each album was their next release: An American Paradox. It also was a great album, but it seemed to suffer slightly from sound production and recording quality that wasn’t as good as on prior releases. Nevertheless, the band got back on track with their latest release: Exile In Oblivion; an album which proves that Strung Out still continue to get better and be even more innovative on every release.
I gave Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues 4 stars, because even though it is among Strung Out’s best albums the band has been able to progress and improve on the releases that followed it.