DEK - Boner (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

DEK

DEK: Boner

Boner (2004)

Finger


1.5

I'm not really sure if I am supposed to take this seriously or not. DEK (Don't Even Know) is made up of four youngsters who are still lurking the halls of high school and the record is entitled Boner. Oh boy‚?¶

Unlike most young bands that tend to play whatever music is popular at the time, DEK grab on to 80's So-Cal punk rock and don't let go while crossing the street. Ripping open the seventeen track release is "World Domination," which musically would fit in on an early Descendents or Black Flag record. The rest of the album proudly boasts their influences like the Circle Jerks and Agent Orange. Nick Myette on the bass lends bring quite some talent to the table, as it's obvious he's been studying Rancid's discography.

Unfortunately for these guys they're young and immaturity shines on songs like "I Hate DEK" -- "I hate Thee DEK / their amps are way too big / and their frontman's way too small / someone call the mall / and get a doctor in the halls." That's not exactly going to win them over in the hearts of the jaded punk rockers. However, guitarist/vocalist Mark Vraney's dad used to be a manager for the Dead Kennedys and I'm sure that's warrant for a few extra scene points. Not too mention they've gained advice and shared the stage with T.S.O.L. in the past. Plagued by their age, nasally voices, and simplistic sound there's not too much to be praising here but perhaps somewhere down the line a few of these guys might glisten brightly in the punk rock community because they're at least packing heart and dedication it takes to succeed in the music industry.