Pop-punk has gone by the wayside since the early 2000s, but The Rebellion Lost and their latest EP “Punch Drunk” are here to spark some new life into a genre from years past.
Despite only be being four tracks long, The Rebellion Lost cover a lot of ground on the EP. The opener, “Truth in Stereo” is hits the ground running with loud guitar chords and crashing cymbals, it almost sounds like an anime opening going from zero to 100 in an instant. There’s a bridge before the final chorus where everything stops save for the vocals and the drum beat; it gives some weight to the lyrics of the songs talking about how it isn’t worth being with someone anymore and that’s the truth you’ve got to face.
“Glass Half Screwed” starts out with a plucky chord progression and just vocals and it sounds like it’s right from the angst and baggy jorts of 2005 in the best way. The song has funk inspired verses with boom-bap drum beats that make it stick out from the other tracks without feeling misplaced.
The third track “Punch Drunk” sounds inspired by 90s grunge with a slow and melodic guitar riff to open before leading into a screaming chorus to drive the point home. This is the standout track of the four with a buildup in each verse to an Earth shattering chorus and a solo that’s guaranteed to leave blisters on your fingers. It’s slow when it needs to be but never loses sight of what the band is trying to accomplish which is to get your body moving.
The closer, “Do You Like Apples” feels like a Black Flag song from the Henry Rollins era with off the wall lyrics and a song title that makes you look twice to make sure you read that right. You can feel the emotion in this one with the drums being hammered to submission and another guitar solo that melts faces without missing a beat. The track closes with the guys in unison saying, “It’s better off in my head,” which adds a sense of comradery that isn’t matched anywhere else on the EP.
To sum up, the “Punch Drunk” EP from The Rebellion Lost is a great callback to a genre long thought dead and shows there’s still plenty of punk to go around.