It's a skate punk band named after the 19 minute long NOFX song. If you can't get behind this shit then I don't think we can be friends. The Decline are absolute masters of the skate punk craft - these Australians use their latest offering, Are You Gonna Eat That? to show us that there is still a lot to be said in pop punk. Sure they ape NOFX - but they do it incredibly fucking well, and Are You Gonna Eat That? is one of the most fun albums that I have had a chance to spin for this blog in a good long while - it might even make it onto my iPod.
See, I think the beauty of The Decline is that they know exactly what kind of music they want to make and they make it incredibly well. They are hard rockers, dudes who like to have fun, and who grew up listening to Fat Mike. So there music consequently has that same strange power that NOFX's does - in fact this is far more relevant than anything there ancestors have done in years. Are You Gonna Eat That? creates its own void. It represents a distinctly Australian brand of skate punk. There whole approach to songwriting has a distinct sensibility that fits into old paradigms and is endlessly satisfying.
So yeah - I just want to have fun and listen to loud music. That's exactly what The Decline offer, and I fucking love it. Are You Gonna Eat That? is anthemic, exciting and speaks to a generation who need punk rock heroes of their own. It's an album that shows us that their is a future for the skate punk genre and that sometimes if you just want to put on a beanie and do some siqq tricks off of the stairs at the park there is still a place for you. So come along, dive into a band who you can't help but to love and who will bring you back time after time.
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