Saturday, December 20, 2014

Album Review: ‘Teenage Retirement’ by Chumped

Title:  Teenage Retirement (BandCamp, Anchorless Records, Amazon, iTunes)  
Artist:  Chumped (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, Last.fm, Wikipedia)

Chumped channels the purest elements of youthful angst and rage, joy and fun in their full-length debut Teenage Retirement.  Lead by sharp wit and razor tongue of singer/guitarist Anika Pyle, Chumped have produced an album of pop punk brilliance that harkens back to the genre’s glory days in the early to mid 1990s while at the same time sounding fresh, modern, and vibrantly young.  More than maybe any other genre or sub-genre, pop punk lends itself to the unadulterated exuberance of youth and Teenage Retirement is the absolute perfect expression of the hope and desire and desperation that comes from being young.  This should be the soundtrack to many a teenage misfits high school career, but what makes it really work is the fact that it also speaks to the teenager in all of us.  As a 40 year old man, I can get just as much out of this record as a 16 year old and that is quite an accomplishment.  Chumped is a band with a hell of a bright future.  I can’t wait to see what they do next.


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