Sunday, June 24, 2018

EP Review: 'The White Album EP' by The All Brights

Title:  The White Album EP (BandCampiTunesSpotify)
Artist:  The All Brights (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp, Spotify)

The All Brights sophomore record The White Album EP, is exactly the balm of joyous fun this world needs.  Picking up where 2015's hysterically fun ...Are Wild For The Night left off, The All Brights deliver six songs that are not only brilliantly tongue in cheek but perfectly capture the essence of beach culture all at the same time.  This record is so much fun that one can't help but smile from the opening chords of the So-Cal punk anthem "Maximum Hangtime" to the closing harmonies of the ukulele driven beach ballad "I'm Buying A Boat."  What truly makes this record (and band) work, besides the fact that they are ridiculously tight, are the lyrics.  Now one wouldn't expect the lyrical content of a parody band to stand out but in this case they do because the humor is so smart.  Sometimes parody not only pokes fun at, but also perfectly captures the essence of whatever the appointed target may be.  In musical term think of bands like Masked Intruder with pop punk and Hard Skin with Oi.  Both bands completely poke fun at the tropes of their respective genres while at the same time absolutely master them.  The All Brights do this exact same thing in how they masterfully take a piss out of everything that is So-Cal punk rock while at the same time perfecting the sub-genre.  Plus lines like "Cracker Barrel Got me shaped like Chris Farley" are freaking brilliant.  Look, the world is really fucked up right now (seriously, 2018 has been nuts) and The All Brights have delivered just the record that will help take your mind off the insanity and bring a smile to your face.  And if not, then I don't know what to tell you...

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