Descendents @ The Warfield

Kevin Scanlon

Since its formation in 1978, this seminal punk band has taken quite a few hiatuses, thanks to vocalist Milo Aukerman, who splits his time between making music and being a scientist. This year, for better or for worse, depending on your perspective, Aukerman was laid off from his day job and has finally decided to focus full-time on music instead of putting it on the Bunsen burner. Now, 38 years after the Descendents first came onto the scene in SoCal’s Manhattan Beach, they’re releasing Hypercaffium Spazzinate, a 16-track record that is the band’s first release since 2004’s Cool to be You. Hypercaffium Spazzinate is full of electric guitar, rapid-fire drum fills, and boisterous and bouncy bass licks. Like many of its preceding albums, the cover art on this record is a caricature of Aukerman, this time surrounded with science equipment.

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