Sometimes I like my punk rock to be short and sweet. Well, maybe sweet isn’t the word I’m looking for, but you get the picture. Cobra Skulls gave me exactly that… a straightforward punk rock record on their Fat Wreck Chords debut.
They open with the catchy anthem “Six Degrees”. It’s fast and doesn’t let up – a song that let’s you know you’re about to be in for a ride. Another favorite of mine is “The Mess”, simply because of the groovy vocal section with some awesome harmonies. “On & On” reminds me of something you’d hear in a Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game. I’m not sure what it is because I don’t consider it skatepunk at all… great song though. “The Minimum” is a standout, with some good melodies over great punk style guitarwork. The vocal style on most of the tracks remind me of Tom Gabel (singer of Against Me!) with a southern tinge.
It’s not without it weak points however. “Drones” is a song that’s all over the place… it switches between a blues vibe and a punk sound too much, never really sucking the listener in. Luckily, it’s under 90 seconds. As you’d expect with a 13 song album with a lot of songs that are similar in style, a few become stale right away and uninteresting.
The average song on this album is only around 2 minutes, so if you’re looking for some sort of deep masterpiece here, you’re looking in the wrong spot. Then again, if you’re listening to a Cobra Skulls album it should be because you’re in the mood to rock out. They didn’t really take any chances on this album other than focus their sound a bit more, but this will ultimately be one of the more fun albums in the genre this year.
Listen to “Six Degrees”