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Descendents: 'Merican'Merican (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: HeinHein
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Although Descendents are considered as THE pop punk pioneers and maybe one of the most influential punkbands in history, I have to confess that I don't remember myself listening to any of their work before they transformed to ALL. It was Dave Smalley's joining (formerly Dag Nasty and later Down By L.
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Although Descendents are considered as THE pop punk pioneers and maybe one of the most influential punkbands in history, I have to confess that I don't remember myself listening to any of their work before they transformed to ALL. It was Dave Smalley's joining (formerly Dag Nasty and later Down By Law vocalist) that first hooked me up with Stevenson, Alvarez and Egerton. Milo already went on studying by that time (resulting in a Ph.D. for microbiology). In fact, it was also the period when CD's came out and I never really bothered gathering any of Descendent's earlier work, that I assume was only available on vinyl at that time. Actually, I wonder if all these reviewers referring to Descendents when they hear a good song by a new band are really aware of the music this band produced in their early years.

It wasn't until 1996 with the release of "Everything Sucks" on Epitaph that Milo's voice struck a nerve with me. Though most of ALL's work is considered easy poppy tunes, I had become a big fan of the astonishing and highly technical musicskills of ALL's members already, with drummer, bassist and guitarist always ranking high in everyone's list of most skilled punkmusicians. But for me Milo's clear and poignant (dare I say "manly") voice instantly topped both Dave Smalley's and Chad Price's voices, the former and current singers for ALL.

7 years went by, with some of their members recording amazing albums in their own Blasting Room studio's, and they kept teasing us by announcing this new work for a couple years now, but finally here's this 4-song EP (it's actually 5) that's released about a month before their full-length "Cool To Be You". The first 2 songs will appear on that album, while the others are exclusive for the EP.

"Nothing With You" instantly reminds of what Descendents sounded 7 years ago, rather churning-attacking yet catchy guitarplay, amazing basslines and solid drumming added with a mindsticking chorus. If you ever wanted a description of what power pop-punk in my book sounds like, then this song would be quite self-explanatory.

Did Fat Mike himself write the lyrics for "'Merican" perhaps? I'm not really used to these guys singing about politics, but here they surprise by taking a critical look at America's honorable history (Ku Klux Klan, Vietnam, slavery, pollution) and the obvious indifference about it by most inhabitants. Musically, this title track is also my favorite song on the EP, baring those same aforementioned ingredients, while there's something early Bad Religion shining through here as well. The chorus must be one of the best I heard in years; you'll sing along those few sentences in no time!

As there were a couple more hearfelt songs on the LP, there's again an input of this with "Here With Me". and let's all pray that the more Rock 'n Roll tinted "I Quit" (dealing about the less interesting matters that go with playing in a punkrockband) won't turn out to be a reality-song.

Which brings us to the hidden unnamed track. I don't have a problem with bands trying out something different, but Descendents better stick with their energetic or lightfooted hearfelt songs instead of this slow and useless rubbish. No wonder they didn't have a title for it, and I try to look at it as a decompression-song after 4 amazing tracks, again! I'm already looking forward to this day when I will open up my mailbox and find that full-length in it.

The proof that there's nothing cheesy about pop-punk lies in these 4 songs. Amazing bassplay, tight percussion and guitarplay and the distinct Milo vocals make for another astonishing EP by these legendary guys

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Descendents - Milo Goes To CollegeDescendents - Everything SucksDescendents - Cool To Be YouDescendents - I Don't Want to Grow UpBad Religion - SufferDescendents - SomeryNOFX - The DeclineBad Religion - Stranger Than FictionBad Religion - The Empire Strikes FirstBad Religion - No Control

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sean021122 (March 1, 2012)

This cd IS total commercial posturing crap. Enough so to trade it back to the $1 bargain bin at the store. A continuation of the almost as bad and pathetically phoned in by aging has-been musicians release called "This Album (Everything) Sucks". Avoid anything this band did after "All" from '89 and you will get the descendents the way they were meant to be before they decided to milk the green day/offspring/rancid commercial mainstream radio friendly cash cow. Even though this is on FATTY records and produced by some familiar quality producers with original band members, the songwriting and evertyhing else "sucks". Weak by milo's and any good punk band alive circa '81 standards. I know they will never put out another 'milo goes to college for biochemistry'... But they could have at least made an effort to keep some integrity. Why come back to make shit like this. Appropriately signaling the end of this pathetic yet once amazing band! All. No. All.

Falconer (September 17, 2006)

I love this band. Once I got into them, I haven't been able to stop listening to them. This EP was fucking killer. Is it just me, or did it take longer to read the review then to listen to it? haha.

Hein (December 18, 2004)

Probably no-one will ever read this anymore, but it popped to my mind that this band (of which a lot of you claim they have always been political) sold stickers about a decade ago saying "Keep The Politics Out Of My Music". Or it could have been All selling those, but since these are practically all ALL members I guess it's the quite the same. Why do I remember? Well, Karl Alvarez' (former) wife was a good friend of my brother (yes, she's Belgian), and I remember having arguments with him when they were over here in Belgium about the fact that it seemed like they only had lovesongs at the time. But anyway... I suppose I'm not in a position to review a Descendents album... because as I said, I was not blown away by their early efforts and don't remember how they sounded at that time.

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

Quit talking about other bands you fucking hippies! Decendents were out way before nofx who actually refer to the decendents as the greatest punk band. So in short, go fuck yourselves or have your neighbor double fist you!

Anonymous (February 19, 2004)

NOFX's last really good creation was The Decline. Of course that doesn't go under the album category. But I'm just praising it's utter greatness.

It's funny when people bash NOFX and then go and listen to a band that is pretty much a direct rip of NOFX (whether they deny it or not). If you're listening to modern pop-punk, you're probably going to be listening to a few bands that are influenced heavily by NOFX. It can't be avoided, and it really just makes me laugh.

Anonymous (February 18, 2004)

This 7" is fucking awesome. I just finally got it in the mail yesterday. The song 'Merican is really catchy it will get stuck in your head the first time you play it.

poopypants (February 17, 2004)

PW last really good one was full circle, nofx's would be pump up the valuum, but most would argue that punk in drublic is the best.

and as for my age argument, yes in other forms of art, great works can be created late into life, such as movies, paintings and sculpture, but in terms of FUCKING ROCK MUSIC artists best shit is created in their mid 20's - early 30's, look at any list of all time great rock albums, its dominated by this age braket. i'm being ageist, i'm just stating a time proven history of rock fact. there are exceptions, but in general, in rock music, artists create their best in their 20's. or are you gonna argue that paul mccartneys' new album is better than his work on say..abbey road, white album, etc. etc.

FortyMinutesWest (February 16, 2004)

Pennywise's best was About Time, Full Circle was good as well. The last few...well..you know. From The Ashes was an improvement though.

Anonymous (February 16, 2004)

Maybe if they remastered Unknown "Carboard Box Drum Sound"Road I would hold it in the regard you do? C'mon man? Punk In Drublic if you really want to get into the nitty gritty of it, is "White Trash" for the market that Face to Face was cracking wide open. Still not better than "So Long" either. If I hear that fucking Linoleum song one more time I will dload as fast as I can the new Challenger Disc. (Which Owns by the way) The most recent Black Cross disc is madly good as well.

Barkley

notfeelingcreative (February 16, 2004)

NOFX's last REALLY good album was "punk in drublic" Pennywise's last REALLY good blaum was "Unknown Road"

Hmm, I cannot and will not debate either of those statements!

Anonymous (February 15, 2004)

I think it's rare for bands to put out more than two REALLY good albums. I know there are some exceptions, but it's generally true. It's rare to meet anyone who likes every album by a band equally as much.

For me: the Descendent's last REALLY good album was Milo Goes to College.

NOFX's last REALLY good album was Punk in Drublic.

Pennywise's last REALLY good album was Unknown Road.

Anti-Flag have never recorded a good album, nor will they.

Everybody knows that Nofx's best record is so long and thanks for all the shoes. I would take that over Punk In Drublic anyday. Come to think of it In all fairness can you really say in terms of Nofx's discography that one disc is really better than an other starting from "White Trash" and ending with the anti bush one? Yeah Yeah fuck you, I know lots of people that LOVE "Heavy Petting Zoo" Your above statements are just a matter of your own opinion. Believe me I know that I"M not the one to be talking about telling people whats good and what is not. Still those albums that you've listed aren't the strongest releases by any of those bands.

Barkley

Anonymous (February 15, 2004)

age does matter guy: if your theory that with age creativity wears out were true, think of the ramifications. everyone over 35 would be a catch-phrase spouting robot chained to the routine of their previous day which would be a copy of the day before that. all authors would cease to create relevant work (tom wolfe---man, that guy really lost it). movie studios would only commision films directed by very young talent (because people like clint eastwood, robert redford, hell, even peter jackson just became complete hacks lacking any creative vision at all after their 35th), etc...this nonsense can be applied in any number of creative fields... you get my drift. your idea that creativity is a gift reserved exclusively for the young holds no water, its ageism, its shortsighted, its stereotyping and it sucks.

p.s. my mother is a printmaker and painter and she is doing the best work of her life right now. oh yea, and she is 55.

Anonymous (February 14, 2004)

Boy did I start a fire in here, goal reached.

Haggard (February 14, 2004)

I just bought this today and I really like it.

-Justin

Dubar (February 14, 2004)

the title track sounds so much like bad religion that I cant even listen to it without being bothered for some reason. Its creepy.

notfeelingcreative (February 13, 2004)

Pennywise really DO re-record the same record over and over? Shit, I thought it was my imagination.

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

that minor threat sure is good drinking music

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

I'd like to note that Pennywise just re-record the same cd over and over again, so technically, their last REALLY GOOD album was From the Ashes.

Minor Threat

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

what about a band like fugazi. . .

everything they have put out is REALLY good.

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

I think it's rare for bands to put out more than two REALLY good albums. I know there are some exceptions, but it's generally true. It's rare to meet anyone who likes every album by a band equally as much.

For me: the Descendent's last REALLY good album was Milo Goes to College.

NOFX's last REALLY good album was Punk in Drublic.

Pennywise's last REALLY good album was Unknown Road.

Anti-Flag have never recorded a good album, nor will they.

Dead Inside's last REALLY good album was No.4 and everyone who hasn't heard it should go buy it now!

poopypants (February 13, 2004)

if the dude who made the original age comment reads this again, i am the guy who said age does matter, heres my rebuttle to your last post

yes, you are right, many artists create amazing shit well into middle age (your examples, tom petty, tom waits, etc.), i forgot to say 'in general'. yes there are exceptions, but , IN GENERAL, most artists lose creativity as they get into their late 30's/early 40's. there are exceptions, usually higly above average artists like the ones you mentioned. but most songwriters are not thom or ian. and even then their earlier works eclipse their later stuff, like tom petty or aerosmith. bands write their best shit in their 20's, in general, and the brain does change was we get older, creativity does thin out.

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

rock

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

If the DESCENDENTS play a show anywhere this year...I'm there

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

everything suxxs today

Cos (February 12, 2004)

Saw Drag the River (Chad's country band) at a dingy bar earlier this week. Perfect setting, awesome set. Everyone should check it out.

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

Awful band, awful record.

lushj (February 12, 2004)

"Statue of Liberty" leaps to mind instantly. Generally they were more personal/silly lyrically.

Hey, I was around then, and in Philly they were legendary by their last tour in 1987. We loved their band. So here's one person repeating that it doesn't make sense to review a long-running band if there's little knowledge of the band's first bunch of records. I mean, in this case we're not talking about 1 obscure ep, we're talking about half-a-dozen releases, mostly full-lengths, which have never gone out of print.
Also, the reason I'm interested in this band is because it's the Descendents, not some new band with the same people in it. That means the context is important- how does this release compare to their old stuff?
Look, it's nothing personal, it's just that I wouldn't choose to review a long-running band if I didn't know their back catalog. I get assigned records to review, but this review is by choice.
I'm done, there's enough reviews from all kinds of people here that I've got kind of a feel for what it sounds like.

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

Everything Sucks is a great cd. to the person who said this cd is horrible, You are a butt dumpling.

MattHomeslice (February 12, 2004)

I don't know why everyone is so upset with the reviewer, so what if he isn't familiar with the Descendents early stuff, he still knows his shit. Most of you brats were still crapping in your diapers when the Descendents started up, if you were alive at all, so don't get this 'holier than thou' attitude that someone else isn't good enough to review a Descendents record.

You're all pathetic

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

"Dag nasty"

keep in mind that dave wrote almost nothing on the DN record he sang on, that was almost all brian. while his vocals on can i say are some of my favorite ever, i felt he never fit in with ALL and the stuff he did with them was not nearly as good as the stuff with scott and chad. allroy for prez was quite good, but allroy sez felt kinda...off. and i'll take the pavers over DBL any day.

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

world up my ass!!! ha!

hein (February 12, 2004)

Dear me, I think I'll quit everything I've been doing over the last 6 years and will have to demolish my 1500 albums because I DON'T REMEMBER any of Descendent's older work. In fact, I even think I listened to their work when it just came out in the early 80's (yes I am THAT old), but excuse me for being so uncool to not remember it. Maybe it was just in these parts of the world, but in the early-mid 80's Descendents weren't really any goundbreaking to us. I really believe they became some kind of myth afterwards. All these people bashing at me... did you really buy and listen to their stuff when it came out? Or did you just download it these last few years?

Anyway, my opinion is there, I see no real need to compare it to older work. It's just good as it is. And can someone please tell me where the political lyrics in their previous album were?

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

to the reviewer: fuck you buddy :)

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

where were you in '82

plutocracy (February 12, 2004)

"The guy working there told a friend of mine that Milo's wife came in not to long ago and said that the Descendents aren't, or might not go on tour. She said something about him being busy with work/family."

aka PUSSYWHIPPED

funkisdead (February 12, 2004)

And down by law, are both superior to the pavers.

funkisdead (February 12, 2004)

Dag nasty

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

anyone who got into ALL because of Dave Smalley should not be listening to ALL. His two albums are by far their weakest. Scott and Chad both blow anything Dave has done out of the water. Don't believe me? Listen to Return to The Island of No Return by the Pavers, which is Scott's new band. Brilliant.

losingstreakca (February 12, 2004)

i got to pick up the ep today. its great. if "here with me" and "i quit" were not good enough to be on the full length, then it makes me even more excited about cool to be you to come out.

8dollarclarinetsolo (February 11, 2004)

well i will be getting the 7" so i wont hear the secret track.. i dunno if thats bad or good

SickBRAAAAH (February 11, 2004)

"The proof that there's nothing cheesy about pop-punk lies in these 4 songs."

BRAH??? dude i heard 2 of the songs, its pretty cheesy. they have always been really cheesy. "i will not partake in decaf". dude, shitty ass review. i love the descendents but gimme a fucking break, they're no linkin park

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

i don't know why people are getting so bent out of shape just because the reviewer wasn't born with a "ride the wild" 7" stuck in his ass. what would you old school fans say differently? you can write a review right here if you want. how much history do you really need with the band to review this though? they've only had the same line-up for the last 2 albums really, so it's better to compare this ep to "all" and "everything suck" since previous albums had different members and slightly different styles. slightly.

i'm an old fan and i don't need a review to tell me to buy this. even a bad descendents record would be 10x better than any new pop punk.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

im the person that made the original comment about age not being important. although i would agree that people in their early 20's may be able to make music that better speaks to teenagers and early twenty-somethings, it is silly to say there is some chemical age-related reaction in the brain that causes people to loses creative function with age...wayne coyne is 43 and the flaming lips are making some of the most astonishingly creative music on the planet. thom yorke is 36. would you say thom yorke has become less creative with age? go listen to pablo honey. ian mackaye is 42. did you hear the argument? need i go on?

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

its all good

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Person below:
I reread what I wrote and I came across as overly critical, I didn't mean to make out you were ignorant or anything, quite the opposite. Besides I'm just an 18 year old university drop-out who just happens to consider popular science books a hobby.

-Anthony.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

i was the guy who posted anthony, and yea, you know what i meant, i did lack a convincing argument, because besides being a 23 year old college grad with a degree in psychology....i don't know shit and can't word things right. i'm a much better talker.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

The person who attempted to discuss the scientific reasons why age appears to limit musical brilliance was onto something, though they appear to lack the detail needed for a convincing argument. Also, the comment suggesting it was a form of discrimination was spot-on. However we musn't avoid the fundamental truth that age/race/gender does affect how we act/the music we make, as understanding the causes of the differences is a huge step to defeating discrimination. With that in mind I think this new EP is wonderful, I have no idea how people can expect a married, settled, dare I say it, happy, career-scientist such as Milo to reproduce the geeky *desperation* and urgency of his earlier work. His vocal and lyrical performace here surpasses my expectations.

-Anthony.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

"You're obviously forgetting "Problematic." It's an easy oversight. I'd like to forget that record, too. And I'd rank "Mass Nerder" up there with "Allroy Saves" and "Allroy's Revenge" as the best ALL records. There, I said it."

nah, nah, i gotta disagree. while problematic is far from my fav ALL record, it's definitely better than mass nerder which i found to be really monotonous and lacking interesting song-writing (except for a few choice tracks like honey peeps and worlds on heroin). definitely not worthy to go up with allroy's revenge and pummel. and for anyone who talks trash on chad, that guy has fucking AMAZING range and a great rasp and can really scream when he wants to. while i like the stuff they did with scott best, i gotta say that i think chad has one of the best voices in punk rock.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

This is kinda wierd...I dont know how much im diggin it but its still good. I like the old decendents better. Someone needs to review the Straight Outt Junior High cd its pretty damn good everyone should know.

-RaNcId

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

i disagree with the dude a few posts down. age does have a strong effect on music. i agree that clothes, scene, tattoos and shit are dumb factors to judge a band on, but throughout the history of music, artists create their best works in their 20's and then 30's with a sharp decline afterwards. i'm no scientist, but unlike the other factors you mentioned, age changes the brain and body's chemistry and structure and shit. race and gender do not, but age does. poeple think differently as they get older, whether they want to or not, and the brain starts to get less sharp and works slower the older we get, which hinders music. people can still make decent music in their middle age, but it always pales in comparison to their early works. look at your cd collection. the best albums were made by bands in their mid to late 20's i'd guess. look at the beatles, stones, led zepplin, nofx etc etc etc. its cool to see a band still trying in their 40's like the decendents, but yo, their old now, its gonna lack something. the clash made london calling when they were in their late 20's. the list goes on.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

As i continually listen to this, it reminds me of skating in the summer of 85, and having milo and the boys blasting out on the box!! this shite is fun as fuck-oldpunker-

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Being a huge fan of the Descendents and ALL I couldn't wait for my pre-release copy of Merican. 3 of the 4 tracks are typical Descendents, but Merican is a Bad Religon song gone bad, very bad. Merican should be skipped!
With Karl playing with All Systems Go, Stephen living in Kansas and Milo never wanting to tour, it is fair to say this is the last of the Descendents.
Buy the album and lets see if these guys finally get the big break they deserve after decades of showing what Punk really is.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Wow Hein, you lost a lot of respect from me. For god's sake, you put this much time into punk (one of the punknews.org originals) and you aren't familiar with the Descendents? What kind of shit have you been listening to?

Thumbs down to you.

-sickboi
(actually agreeing with jHeisel? Hell has frozen over)

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

the older descendents catalog was available on cassette before cds were common and then on cd pretty much immediately afterward. ive got all the cassettes still. they were totally available. to people that are curious, order the cd "somery". i would have to say this is one of the most important punk bands ever.

and to the kid that said being 40 takes something away...gimmie a fucking break! its the MUSIC that counts, remember?!?! if youre the kind of person that would damn a band for their age (which, i might add is only a micro-razoredge away from damning them for their gender or race), then im sure the band would rather you not listen to their records anyway. MUSIC people...not hair dye, not age, not genre, not label, not pyrotechnics, not scene cred, not publicity, not clique, not tattoos, not clothes....music.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

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Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Trying to out do the appropriately titled "Everything Sucks" record shouldn't be to hard. There is just nothing original in their music anymore, and the fact they're like 40 years old takes away something too. I wonder what would have happened if Milo didn't go to college...

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

To the reviewer of this EP, you have to listen to the Descendents earlier stuff, it's legendary! This EP is kick ass, can't wait for the full-length. This is punk, not Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, Starting Line, etc.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Oh, shit, the review right...

I meant to put this...

-DaDrunkSkunk

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

for all the people who bash reviewers in orotund (which im sure isnt most of you; most of you probably could barely wipe your own ass) ostentacious and eltist banter, I have one tip for you: write your own fucking review then!!!

Jesus H. Christ on a pogo-stick in June, you people bitch and bitch and bitch, but you never do anything!

Thats what's wrong with a lot of the punk scenes today, in my opinion.

Goddamit, man...

...can we still be friends?

-DaDrunkSkunk

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

more important than the new record, its the tour to support it. hahaha. fun fun fun.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

This band should've quit years ago.
Damn.
After 7 years, THIS is the crap they turned out?
Sheesh.
7 Seconds better fucking deliver!

jheisel (February 11, 2004)

this review sucked. The Descendents are one of the most important punk bands of all time, and we get some fuckwad who is only familiar with their last album and the sucky suck of ALL? die die die.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Jump the Shark!

REALPUNX4LIFE (February 11, 2004)

Hey, Carry You brings a tear to my eyes and Teresa is damn fine but the rest of the album can suck my balls. I've been a huge ALL fan for years (they're my favorite band, after all...) so I really wanted to like the record. Believe me, I hate to hate anything. But it came to a point (after numerous listenings, mind you) where I decided that "Mass Nerder" mops the floor with "Problematic." Also, anyone who tries to justify She Broke My Dick's inclusion on any record ever in the history of the world deserves to have their dick broken. There, I said it.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Fuck third in a row

I remember first hearing "Problematic" the summer it came out and thinking "NO WAY is this better than Mass Nerder." It still doesn't hold the same regard in my mind as that fantastic nerder album, but songs like "Better Than That" and "She Broke My Dick" ARE MUCH BETTER if you listen to them in sequence MORE than five times. Try doing it while working on something or whatever it is you do to pass the time. Just wanted to clear that up. Plus the "Problematic" track which didn't actually appear on the album but on Punk O Rama 5? is FUCKING AMAZING. "Carry You" ranks up there with the best that either the Descendents or All have done, and how can you not like "Theresa?"

Barkley"I"M PROBLEMATIC!"Barkster

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Chad Price bellows like a fucking banshee, he's the Geddy Lee of Punk rock. Nah, he's great tho, Milo and Price together sound mint. Anybody remember "We" on "Everything Sucks?"
As well I find the vocals on the last Rise Against to sound a little stronger in those "gang" parts with Chad Price in em' he's good

Barkley

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

You're obviously forgetting "Problematic." It's an easy oversight. I'd like to forget that record, too."

Sorry bud, you didn't listen to "Problematic" MORE than five times. There is no way you did.

Barkley

funkisdead (February 11, 2004)

here with me is song of the week!
in my frail mind.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

You guys do this every fucking review, you need to get better reviewers who have a little bit better history///

REALPUNX4LIFE (February 10, 2004)

You're obviously forgetting "Problematic." It's an easy oversight. I'd like to forget that record, too. And I'd rank "Mass Nerder" up there with "Allroy Saves" and "Allroy's Revenge" as the best ALL records. There, I said it.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

"It was me what made the original comment. Dern thing logged me out. And "Everything Sucks" was really bad. Really bad. People who like that record are bad at listening to music. Milo's voice is godawful on that piece of shit and the songwriting is cheesy, even for Descendents' standards (and I mean that with as much love as possible.) "Mass Nerder" is better."

insanity. the song-writing on everything sucks is fabulous (probably because it came hot on the heals of the excellent "pummel" and has 3/4s of the songwriters from there). mass nerder is by far ALL's worst record.

inagreendase (February 10, 2004)

"You must be a chick if you coose things for there color. or maybe your a nigger."

Flamebait here, getchyour flamebait! Hot off the grill!

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

dont mistake them...you have to learn something when your 45 years old..I doubt thats their age but this is really good. Im really anticipating this and pulley's new record.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Oi oi oi descendents out of punx casualties in punx oi oi oi.

TheOneTrueBill (February 10, 2004)

actually, the store didn't have the CD, and I wanted it now.

shut the fuck up.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

you must be a chick if you choose things on their color

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

WOW....you got the 7" with no extra track. Your an idiot for that because the extra track is really good. You must be a chick if you coose things for there color. or maybe your a nigger.

TheOneTrueBill (February 10, 2004)

I got the 7"

It has a red cover and no secret track.

REALPUNX4LIFE (February 10, 2004)

"Not the best but better than "Everything Sucks," which was a terrible record.

Dude, put the crack pipe down. Crack kills."

It was me what made the original comment. Dern thing logged me out. And "Everything Sucks" was really bad. Really bad. People who like that record are bad at listening to music. Milo's voice is godawful on that piece of shit and the songwriting is cheesy, even for Descendents' standards (and I mean that with as much love as possible.) "Mass Nerder" is better.

porkpie (February 10, 2004)

great ep, awesome band, shitty review. i hate to say it but it's true. oh look! i'm rhymin'! break a hymen! i ain't no teenager fucker, 'cos i'm almost 20.

-brent

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

This review is just horrible.

Descendents have been political since day one, learn some history before you try to act like you know what you're talking about.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

great EP...cant wait for the full length

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Not the best but better than "Everything Sucks," which was a terrible record.

Dude, put the crack pipe down. Crack kills.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

amaizing record, horrible review

Haggard (February 10, 2004)

"Furry fool, you are mine, I'll drink your ass like wine."

Courtesy of CKY 4.

-Justin

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Bernard Shifman can drink my ass.

-sickboi
(quote courtesy of "MIKEINFLAMES")

CrankWillDestroy (February 10, 2004)

Please, whatever you do fellas, play a show in Colorado. And bring the Suicide Machines along with you too, like in '96.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

re: bernard shifman

people are always on this site talking about sports and other bullshit that has nothing to do with music. why not promote unknown bands. if you don't want to listen, you don't have to. sorry if i offended anyone, but this website is about music. i have discovered a lot of new bands through the use of this site...and last time i checked free music was always cool.

I appreciate the effort put forth in promoting a band, and I don't think the original post, "check out this band: www.covamusic.com. free music!!!!", was out of line. It was the next comment "When is Cova going to tour? those are some great songs. everyone should check em' out.....

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

re: bernard shifman

people are always on this site talking about sports and other bullshit that has nothing to do with music. why not promote unknown bands. if you don't want to listen, you don't have to. sorry if i offended anyone, but this website is about music. i have discovered a lot of new bands through the use of this site...and last time i checked free music was always cool.

mikeinflames (February 10, 2004)

Hurray!
I finally heard it
Thank god to mp3's
It's good ... typical Descendents formula
But nothing too special
Maybe I was just expecting too much

lushj (February 10, 2004)

Anyone reviewing this should be familiar with the Descendents and not just All. If it was an All record, it wouldn't matter, but this is just kind of wrong. Can someone who knows the Descendents please review this (he types, not volunteering)?

P.S.- I've never liked All, the Descendents have always been a better band- more bite, even when they were more melodic. "Everything Sucks" is a really great return record, I can't wait to hear this new one.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

to the idiot below...there is nothing shit about ALL. their best stuff is probably better than the best descendents stuff.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Terrible review

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

i honestly wish this reviewer knew a little more about the descendents and their early shit, so that this review could actually be helpful... if he only knew about ALL and everything sucks era shit, he probobly shouldnt have done the review of a band that's been around for fucking ever and has released an ass ton of crucial albums...

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

firstfive lazy as always. I dont understand why people think this sucks so bad.'merican is a catchy as hell e.p. i know there isnt a bikeage or silly girl or any other classic song on there but its better than half the other punk releases out there right now.

mikeinflames (February 10, 2004)

I just went to pick it up
The cheapest I could find it for was $20
Fuck living in the 'burbs
And fuck stupid corporate record shops
They can all drink my ass
Now I have to wait another week before the indie shop gets it :(

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Hey, members of Cova: go read up on Bernard Shifman.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Oh right, as for the EP, I can't say it's a huge disappointment as one guy already said. It's not great, but I was expecting it to be awful. What's the opposite of disappointment? Appointment? That's what I feel. See, you need to expect the worst and you'll never be disappointed. Plus, "Nothing With You," "Here With Me" and "I Quit" are three pretty cool songs. Not the best but better than "Everything Sucks," which was a terrible record. "'Merican" is retarded and I got this on vinyl so I haven't heard "Alive" yet. 2 and a half thumbs up out of 4.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Hahaha, Descendents who? I came here for the Cova links!

And as for the comment about most reviewers not knowing much about Descendents' history when referencing their early work... pure speculation on your part, jackass. Just because you don't know your Descendents/ALL history doesn't mean that everyone else is that retarded. ALL has had three lead singers, by the way. Four if you count TonyALL. But I don't. Scott Reynolds could beat the shit out of Chad, Dave and Milo at the same time.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Oh fucking wow!
What a HUGE disappointment!
I want my six bucks back RIGHT FUCKING NOW!!!!!!!!
Worst release (so far) of 2004.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

I picked this EP up at Scooters Records in Hermosa Beach on Sunday. The guy working there told a friend of mine that Milo's wife came in not to long ago and said that the Descendents aren't, or might not go on tour. She said something about him being busy with work/family.

Disapointing news. Great EP. Looking forward to "Cool To Be You"

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

The slower, more metallic stuff isn't new to the Descendents: a couple songs on "Enjoy!" (1986) and "All" (1987) are like that. I believe Milo wrote most of the new record, though, so I'd expect it to sound more like the rest of the EP...

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

When is Cova going to tour? those are some great songs. everyone should check em' out..... http://www.covamusic.com

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

I must learn how to spell.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

I just bought this. I was not dissapointed.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Last i heard, Milo was doing research at UPenn. His wife is a professor at U of Deleware, so they probably live in Deleware.

Here's hoping they at least do a Philly show for the new album...

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

There's a lot of slots in Deleware. Slots.

-sickboi

YourMother (February 10, 2004)

'Tis not a lie. I think he moved here because of his wife, but I'm not sure of that. And, yes, no one should ever move to Delaware by choice.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

is that a lie abot milo living in delaware? why would anyone want to live in delaware if they didnt have to? and i thought they were from LA?

YourMother (February 10, 2004)

Milo works for DuPont. He now lives in the town where I went to college (Newark, Delaware). He takes his dog to the vet where my roommate works. That's nuts.

By the way, what's the deal with the Descendents going from Epitaph for the last album to Fat? Is there something to that?

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

They've always been political.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

sorry dude...but that was a terrible review. 10 for the ep.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

Can these guys ever go wrong?? -oldpunker-

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

i plan on buying this today!!!
check out this band: www.covamusic.com. free music!!!!

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

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