Saturday, August 25, 2012

Album Review: Networks

Title:  Networks (BandCamp)
Artist:  Lipona (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, BandCamp,

Hailing from Tallahassee, FL, Lipona is, according to the band’s Facebook page, a “skate punk quartet that specializes in a fast tempo blend of melodic hardcore, metal, ambient, and post-hardcore music.”  The band’s latest release, Networks, hold pretty true to that description (though admittedly I didn’t hear much metal).  What is clearly evident and front and center in Lipona’s music is the melodic hardcore / skate punk angle.  There are certainly elements of post hardcore and a bit of ambient guitar work here and there but what this band really does, and does very well, is play the fast and melodic style of punk rock that was made famous by acts like Bad Religion and Dag Nasty.  One can also hear the influence of acts like At the Drive-In, Hot Water Music, D.O.A., and JFA.  One thing that is crystal clear after listening to Networks, Lipona is a very talented and tight band.  These guys have honed their skill over the last few years and are sure to be a hit with the punk kids.    

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