SACK: Ripper!: CD

Jan 27, 2023

On the surface, it’s your average hi-octane street punk. Same comes through with the song topics—suicide, hating pop culture, weed, booze, live action role playing, more weed. For me it’s Kody Templeman (Lillingtons, Teenage Bottlerocket) that makes the record. I’ve grown up listening to his voice and it’s always gonna have a nostalgic effect for me. However, these songs haven’t done much growing up. As I get closer to forty, I just don’t care to listen to tracks that start off with a bong rip. Glad that being stoney baloney got the creativity spinning, but just hit me with the tunes. Look, I did a lot of eye rolling while listening to this, but lyrically they’re par for the course in the power pop, street punk oeuvre. Maybe it’s just me that’s changed. I also really like The Beach Boys and Sack has some steaming hot takes on the band. Calling them frat boys who like surfing did make me chuckle, but I’d rather be listening to Pavid Vermin’s The Beach Boys Never Surfed! I’m not attempting some savage takedown of Sack; they’re catchy as hell and have all the ingredients in the right place. The songs are tight and they certainly are rippers! I’m just not all that invested. –Kayla Greet (Red Scare)

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