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The Decline – Can’t Have Both

the-declineAustralian skate-punks The Decline have premiered a new single.  The track is titled “Can’t Have Both” and is the first new material since 2015’s Resister.

Listen to the song here.

   

Tours: The Decline / Fair Do’s (UK)

The DeclineAustralian skate punks The Decline are hitting the UK next month for a series of shows with Fair Does.  The band are out in support of their new record Resister, which dropped back in 2015.

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The Decline

The Decline

Resister

Pee Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

If you’re into 90’s style skate-punk, then you owe it to yourself to get acquainted with Australian four piece The Decline. Drawing broad inspiration from countrymen Frenzal Rhomb and Local Resident Failure, along with recognizable staples No Use For A Name and NOFX, the Perth punk outfit puts their best foot forward for their third full length, Resister. Chalk full of accelerated drum arcs and speedily layered vocal harmonies, those that refuse to acknowledge that the 90’s ended fifteen years ago stand to wholeheartedly embrace every second of the ensuing 30 minutes.

The Decline wastes no time parading their melodic punk prowess as opener “New Again” races in on the coattails of a snapping drum beat over harmonizing vocals. From there the band invites listeners to a lively display that doesn’t hesitate to punctuate each next chorus with the tuneful melody of upbeat riffs. As seen a track later with “Giving Up Is A Gateway Drug,” The Decline tactfully barrels ahead in a melodic frenzy only to sensibly reel the hysteria back in and compliment their quickest passages with a soft spoken, emotional bridge. In the case of “I Don’t Believe,” the same can be said of the emergence of the track’s big, recurring gang-bolstered choral apex. “You Call This A Holiday” takes similar advantage of a cleaner, more emotionally in-tune intro in much the same way that Resolve-era Lagwagon juxtaposed light segments against bursts of runaway speed. While a superficial listen might brush off The Decline as a one trick skate-punk act, a closer listen quickly sheds light on a far more balanced ensemble.

While a feverous pace lies at the core of The Decline, a binding respect for ambitious elements of those like Propaghandi serve as an undercurrent.  Late song solos in tracks like “The Blurst Of Times” and “I Don’t Believe” do more than simply fill the runtime – they offer an insight to The Decline’s depth of performance.

 Lyrically, The Decline comes cut from the same socially aware cloth as their influences.  While many tracks like “I Almost Never Met You” aren’t exactly what you’d call “high stakes,” The Decline isn’t afraid to make a statement either.  A little less direct and structurally fired up (they’re far from a political punk band), tracks like “New Again” certainly present The Decline as a troupe that has their priorities in order.  Songs about changing perspective (“The Blurst Of Time”), coming to terms with loss (“Wrecking Ball”) and resilience (“Broken Bones”) ensure that listeners always have something worthwhile to follow along with.  

As Resister makes clear, The Decline is a familiar breed of punk band; rapid, melodic skate-punk that’s every bit as easy to get into as it is quick.  While slightly softer in attitude or intent as perhaps Pennywise or NOFX, the overall feeling remains energized and engaging.  Those with a hankering for some 90’s style punk-rock can’t go wrong with Resister.

UK Tour: The Decline (Includes New Dates)

The DeclineAustralian skate punks The Decline are hitting the UK next month for a series of shows with the likes of MDC, Teenage Bottlerocket and Giants. The band are out in support of their new record Resister, which is due out on August 3rd.

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Decline - Are You Gonna Eat That?

The Decline

Are You Gonna Eat That?

Pee Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Controversial artwork pushed The Decline’ Are You Gonna Eat That? out in front of the pile of CDs I had to review and I quickly threw it in to see what this unknown band from Australia could deliver. It turns out that they were well worth the attention the artwork garnered them as Are You Gonna Eat That? immediately brought me back to when I first started getting into the whole punk rock game.

For at that time, Epitaph were the kings of the punk world. Their brand of melodic skate-punk was unmatched and each album was created with great anticipation. The Decline reminds me of those days, as they stick to the melodic skate-punk mold perfectly. It’s a modern day No Fun At All mixed with an Australian accent akin to Frenzhal Rhomb. Their breakneck drumming points towards that of Lagwagonor early Millencolin while more than just their name reminds me of NOFX.

On Excuse Me they pull in some modern references with a verse that would fit nicely in a Set Your Goals album but otherwise, they stick mostly to the balls-to-the-walls skate-punk. Harsh vocals on tracks like Human Exports sound like Antillectual while harmonies on Worlds Apart II make you instantly want to sing along with the politically driven lyrical message. A tight bass line opens up The Financial Equivalent  Of A Complete Rectal Exam nicely before they jump into one of the more fun tracks on the album, with layered vocals mocking bands like Farewell in a ever so subtle way; while the bass intro to Rooftops is pulled directly from 88 Finger Louie66B is NOFX mixed with Strung Out with the catchiest bridge of the album. Even the slow acoustic ballad 2006 throws back to Yellowcard with the violin and female vocals.

While the musical structure of the album is by far the highlight here – they’re socio-political message comes through in a rather positive way as well. Touching on animal rights, immigration and child labour, Are You Gonna Eat That? entices the listener to open up the lyric booklet and read a little deeper (like One Win Choice) and that adds yet another facet to the album.

The Decline sing about touchy subjects in a well written manner and wrap those lyrics in a energetic punk rock package that deserves to heard by anyone who calls themselves a fan of the mid-nineties skate-punk scene.

Video: The Decline! – A Punch In The Head

DeclineFrance’s The Decline! have posted a video for their song A Punch In The Head. The video can be seen below.

A Punch In The Head comes from their album Broken Hymns for Beating Hearts which is available now from Can I Say? Records

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Video: The Decline – Let's Get Drunk

France’s The Decline has released a video for the song Let’s Get Drunk – their first single from their album Broken Hymns for Beating Hearts. The video can be seen below.

The album can also be streamed, or purchased, on their bandcamp page.

 

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Video: The Decline – Let’s Get Drunk

France’s The Decline has released a video for the song Let’s Get Drunk – their first single from their album Broken Hymns for Beating Hearts. The video can be seen below.

The album can also be streamed, or purchased, on their bandcamp page.

 

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The Decline – Always Run

The Decline has debuted a brand new song over on Bandcamp.  The track is titled “Always Run” and is lifted from their upcoming full length, Broken Hymns For Beating Hearts, which is due out October 21, 2011 in europe.  The album will follow their first Old Indian Cemetary 7″.

Give the song a listen here.