The Descendents played a sold out show at Starland Ballroom that brought out a lot of old school punk rockers as well as droves of younger adults. Support touring bands The Ergs and Ruth Ruth played amazing sets as well.
Seen as one of the alt-rock staples of the early 80’s, Descendents provides an edgy, fast-paced, and riveting type of rock that spurred the punk movement later in the decade. Initially led by Milo Auckerman (vocals), Frank Navetta (guitar), Tony Lombardo (bass), Bill Stevenson (drums), and now lined with the likes of Karl Alvarez (bass) and Stephen Edgerton (guitar), the Los Angeles natives created a unique sound apart from other local bands, fueled by “rejection, food, coffee, and girls”. Their debut LP, “Milo Goes to College”, draws inspiration from classic rock bands such as The Who, and brother punk band Black Flag, which is clearly shown in its to-the-bone hardcore tracks such as “Myage” and “I’m Not a Loser”. Ranked 33rd on Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Punk Albums of All Time”, the album influenced punk bands of the late 80’s and 90’s such as The Offspring, Blink-182, and NOFX.
Their latest release, “Hypercaffium Spazzinate”, came in 2016 off of a 12-year hiatus between the band members, yet the album seems to demonstrate that the founders of early punk had never left. With their fast paced, caffeine-induced rhythm, “Victim of Me” takes listeners back to the band’s hardcore roots, while “Smile”, puts on a riveting, classic alternative rock show. The album truly shows that Descendents, are a dynamic band who forever changed the punk scene for years and years to come.
written by Gianmarco Castronovo