Release date: 12 July 2013
Bostonians REBUILDER make a hell of a start to their career in this debut self-titled EP. They play classic adrenaline-fueled pop punk straight out of the mid-90s to early-00s punk revival. Frontman Sal Ellington sings slightly off-key with the standard devil-may-care/angsty-but-hey-it-gets-better-man lyrics (wow, that was a lot of hyphens). Four-chord major riffs quickly cycle through each other to create an energetic and fast-rolling atmosphere: think Green Day’s “Basket Case.” REBUILDER totally bring back all of those good times from high school that, yes, actually did exist, like driving to Disney World at 4AM with my best friend Kacey on a physics field trip after partying the previous night. The band has feelings, which is dangerous in pop punk, but they don’t have the immature desperation of Warped Tour punk who only show their emotions to get into your pants. This EP is great fun that’s sure to wake you up and get you pumped, so put it on your next driving playlist or extreme sports video. (Is that an organ on “Keep Me Awake”? Fuck yeah it is!)
Amazing for morning shows. A few work for punk shows. Released on their label Refuse, Rethink, Rebuild Records.
All cuts, but watch the No-Play on #1. Punk shows: #2, #3, #5, #6.
Everything I Hate – (2:08)
Exhaustion – (2:20)
Keep Me Awake – (2:09)
Out of Touch – (3:42)
Heroes to a Sun – (1:16)
Headrush – (3:36)
RIYL: Moneen, Maxeen, Japandroids, Weezer, Green Day’s Dookie