By Cole Faulkner
Cincinnati, Ohio’s UnderTipper may be going a label-less route at this point, but in a perfect world they’d join the cumulative ranks of No Idea Records or It’s Alive Records. Playing a rustic brand of gruff voiced pop-punk in the vein of The Copyrights, Plow United, The Manix and many more, the the band subscribes to an upbeat, fun-loving brand of pop-punk that packs some sonic muscle. UnderTipper’s sophomore full length, Y’All, continues this trajectory, flexing with plenty of full bodied choruses, punchy riffs, and aggressive harmonies.
Opener “Stayed Up Too Late” kicks things off with a fist pumping anthem for partying on the work week. “Stayed up too late, got up too early” belts the band in catchy chorus that’s equal parts pop-punk and gruff crowd pleaser. A gritty delivery with a high level of DIY production seems to be the name of UnderTipper’s game, and they really hit the nail on the head. By and large, Y’All keeps up this momentum while highlighting each band member. For instance, “Contact” slows things down just enough to have Jeff Forton’s rumbling bass and Drew Bogner’s thumping drum beats raise their profile, while Travis Disgraceful’s guitar work in “Nothin’s Ever Good Enough” takes a darker, more menacing turn reflected in the track’s crunching riffs.
The band also demonstrates some solid humour. “Bicycle” stands out in particular, with its hardcore endorsement of two wheel pedal bikes ripping around town and trails. You’d be hard pressed to find another venue in which bicycles are portrayed as such a stylish hard hitting lifestyle statement. Meanwhile, “Taco Meat” is essentially Travis and Jeff breaking the fourth wall by questioning Drew’s preference for just having “beans and cheese” on his tacos, and passionately reinforcing that “we want taco meat.”
Overall, UnderTipper provides a fun and energetic take on a gritty pop-punk formula. Y’All comes packed with a healthy dose of catchy anthemic tunes in 16 tracks that while familiar in style, are distinctly their own. The band joke’s that they only had 21 Spotify followers at the time of release, but with Y’All’s easy pop-punk allure and a little media push, the band stands to grow from that base exponentially.