Now, I don’t proclaim to know that much about punk music, but I do know when I enjoy it, and garage punk rockers, Bad Sports is the perfect music for running around during the summer. Since I just graduated from college, I was looking for some music that I could just fully rock out to that would make me forget that I have to be an adult now. From Denton, Texas this trio understands the art of punk music–quick, short head banging songs bring this short album to a mere 31 minutes. However, it’s the essence of punk, isn’t it? The Ramones and The Clash barely have songs lasting longer than 2-3 minutes, but each song Kings Of the Weekend is full of great musicality and catchy tunes that could easily go against an indie song that lasts 3-4 minutes. Playing at SXSW in 2011, Bad Sports is rising to the occasion; and while Pitchfork called their music, “bubblegum-punk”, it is more the fact that these punk songs are actually musical instead of guitars thrashing about that makes it even more listenable. There are thousands of punk bands that don’t have the lyrical and melodic aspects to the music, and while some may like that, it’s completely unlistenable to me. Bad Sports takes the essence of punk music and turns it sideways and makes it enjoyable. Garage punk has formed its own class in the indie world, bands like Black Lips, The Hives, and The Strokes have made the genre popular again, and Bad Sports can most definitely hold their own within that genre. This review is short and sweet, much like Bad Sports’ album.
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