Saturday, September 6, 2008

Band Spotlight: Descendents

 History: The band formed in 1978 in  Manhattan Beach, CA. Initially their sound could be described as melodic surf pop, but all this changed when sixteen year old singer Milo Aukerman joined the group in 1980.  Their first two releases (Fat EP in 1981 and Milo Goes to College in 1982) showcased their blend of goofball humor, serious love numbers, and caffeine driven anthems. Their style stood out as far more poppier and melodic than their fellow hardcore punkers. Due to Aukerman's busy career as a biochemist (and parent) the group sporadically performs and is currently on hiatus.

Milo Aukerman- Vocals
Stephen Egerton- Guitar
Karl Alvarez-  Bass
Bill Stevenson- Drums
Though the Line-Up has changed frequently over the years.

Sounds Like: Extremely catchy, fast, melodic pop punk (and not like Fall Out Boy pop punk)

Genre: Punk Rock, Pop Punk, Hardcore Punk

Top Album: Liveage

Top Songs:
"My Dad Sucks"
"I Like Food"
" I'm Not a Loser"
"Suburban Home"
"I Don't Want to Grow Up"
"Wendy"(Beach Boys Cover)
"Sour Grapes"
"Clean Sheets"
"Everything Sux"
"I'm the One"
"Rotting Out"
"This Place"
"She Don't Care"
"Cool to Be You"
"Sad State of Affairs"

Label: New Alliance, SST, Epitaph, Fat Wreck Chords

Influences: The Ramones, Beach Boys, surfer rock, etc.

Influenced: Offspring, Green Day, Blink 182, and many others.

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