DEPARTURE, THE: A Necessity for Ruins: CD

The Departure play what has become the teenage sound of punk today. That “almost metal” guitar playing and three part harmonies are lost on me, but the ultra high energy of earlier punk rock and hardcore is there. The singing is fast and pushed to the wall and you can feel the sweaty boys playing the shit out their instruments behind it. It is a recording that would make you drive your car faster on the way to high school. Unlike a New Found Glory or No Motiv record, there actually is some fresh and unique production to this recording. They get serious points with me because they are not afraid to track a tambourine over a heavy guitar breakdown on “Bleached Just Right.” –Nathan Grumdahl

 –guest (The Departure)