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Classic EP Review: Descendants | ’Merican

The beloved punks finally return to active duty with this excellent five-track EP.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Just when we needed them most, they’re back.

Seven long years after their last disc Everything Sucks, Milo Aukerman and his off-again, on-again Descendants have returned to active duty — and not a moment too soon. In these dark days of shallow corporate punk, discs like ’Merican — a precursor to a forthcoming album — ring with the authenticity, intelligence and commitment that have been missing from the ranks for far too long. The title cut collapses the sad, sordid history of the U.S. into 1:51 of buzzsaw guitars, charging drums and singalong hooks; Nothing With You and Here With Me are mosh-pit odes to love and lack thereof; and if you believe the lyrics of I Quit, the seeds of this long-awaited reunion’s demise have already been sewn. Better enjoy it while it lasts.