GRUMPSTER: Underwhelmed: CD

Jan 05, 2022

One of the coolest things about this record is that I picked it up at a live, in-person Grumpster gig at Punk Rock Bowling. That feels magical to think about. Previous to this moment, my only exposure to Grumpster was watching wholesome and fun Instagram livestreams with front person Falyn Walsh and Asian Man Record’s Mike Park. So the first time I actually heard their songs was live and they put on an awesome show. This ten-track debut from the Oakland three-piece actually came out two years ago and may have flown under the radar for folks. I’d recommend checking it out if you’re into smart melodic punk. The lyrics are clever and relatable for people with anxiety, depression, and a general malaise about them. And they’re being dealt out over punchy drums, sharp, catchy guitar licks, and a real East Bay bouncy bass sound. Track two, “Party’s Over,” blatantly lifts the melody and chord progression from another three-piece—Alkaline Trio’s “Armageddon.” It’s still a banger though. If you’re looking for something new to sing along to and get stuck in your head (especially the song “Nausea”), pick up a copy of this. You’ll have to get it on CD though ’cus the LPs are hella sold out. –Kayla Greet (Asian Man)

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