The twenty-eight minutes of music on Old Ideas Keep Fighting Us is straight-up pop punk. I totally appreciate Sweet Empire singing about issues such as animal rights, environmentalism, and the war on drugs. But I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve heard such generic, dispassionate music where the band is singing about issues that should require some urgency, anger, and fury. Who knows, though—perhaps this message will get through to some kids who wouldn’t otherwise listen to hardcore. However, I think I’ll stick with the thrash-punk Propagandhi’s been doing on their last few albums. It has a political message that speaks to me with an intensity to match.