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Released: 29.07.16

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It’s been twelve years since Descendents released their last record Cool To Be You, but listening to Hypercaffium Spazzinate it feels like they’ve never been away. This is no bad thing; Descendents have never really revised the blueprint of their sound much but that’s what makes them so damn loveable.

As the title suggests, the record is a stimulating rollercoaster of short, sweaty blasts of feel-good punk rock. Feel This kicks off the record with those familiar buzzing guitar riffs, On Paper is a sunny romp, Smile is an emotional, heart-warming pep-talk, and Full Circle and album closer Beyond The Music are defiant anthems.

The lyrical topics may be more serious, but they’re still dressed up in typical unpretentious, positive Descendents fashion.

 

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