For many years, there have been comedy bands. Weird Al Yankavich, Steel Panther, Spinal Tap, Tenacious D and the likes have left us chortling away whilst also delivering some truly kick-ass tunes, yet each of these acts share one huge part of what makes them who they are.
All of them are a parody in some way (or in the case of Weird Al, a whole career of parodies showered upon a massively diverse selection of different artists).
Bowling For Soup are different though. This Texan pop-punk quarter are no new comers to the scene, with two decades of tours, albums, a farewell and hello again UK tour and beer (so, so much beer) under their belts, will ‘Drunk Dynasty’ be the album that changes the shape of the BFS that we all know and love?
No, of course it isn’t. If it isn’t broken, then why try to fix it?
Tasty alcoholic beverages? Well, we’ve got Drinkin’ Beer On A Sunday for that.
Realistic social messaging? Take a listen to Don’t Be A Dick (the bands angriest sounding song in years).
Acoustic whimsy? You got it, here’s Happy As Happy Gets!
Shitty relationships? She Used To Be Mine, Shit To Do, Go To Bed Mad and… Well… Most of the tracks on offer really.
Overall, this is another fantastic release in a career of consistent excellence when it’s come to studio output. Although it is noticeable that there seems to be a lot more cynicism buried in with the humour, occasionally spilling over into the almost seriously angry and angst laden, but pulling in just in time to keep things BFS as we know it!
The verdict? Well, if you like the band, you’re going to like this. If you don’t really know much about them, it’s as good a starting point as any of their post 2007 releases. No, there aren’t any tunes that have that absolute stand out insta-classic vibes of Almost, 1985, Girl All The Bad Girls Want or High School Never Ends, but it’s a solid collection of songs that all self-respecting pop punk fans should be in ownership of.