Sunday, April 20, 2014

Green Day - Demolicious

I've been a fan of good pop ever since the 60's - they hey-day of pop - and it's reinventions as power-pop and punk-pop have had some great proponents, as well. And, hey, I was the co-founder of the Excessories with Melanie. So, since we always like to support record store day and since our old friend Tom Neely did the artwork for this, we picked up the two-record set.

I know there's been a lot of backlash over GD's popularity but I've got to say that, to my ears anyway, there's not a lot of difference between the songs included in this set and their old Lookout! releases. Sure, the production is a bit more high-end and here you get to play "where was that riff stolen from", but the energy, song structures, melodies and harmonies are all there, and this still sounds like all the basics (at least) were recorded live in the studio. Anyone whining about this stuff had better be a damn fine songwriter themselves, cuz that's what it all comes down to.

So, if you don't hate a band just because they've gotten popular and you dig high quality punk-pop, give this a chance.