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Pkew Pkew Pkew
Pkew Pkew Pkew
Written by: PP on 02/12/2016 00:54:28
"I can hear you two floors down. I can hear you two floors down. This is a building, this is a building, this is a buildiiiing". If you can't tolerate lyrics in that style, you probably shouldn't listen to Pkew Pkew Pkew. Plenty of woo-hoo passages and no-frills lyrics stretching the very meaning of the idea to its extreme, that's what their self-titled debut album is all about. Most songs are repeating a line or two for pretty much the entirety of the song, no exaggeration, and that's also the point. It's a lighthearted no-frills pop punk album that thrives on tongue-in-cheek lyricism and a cheerful, upbeat expression that goes beyond what many of their like-minded peers have done recently. The Hextalls? Forget about it, "Mid 20's Skateboarder" is the clear winner. The Dopamines? A great band for sure, but "Hanging' Out" is Pkew Pkew Pkew's "Public Domain" and it fuckin' rocks.
Are the songs simple? No doubt. The band define "beers, pizza, skateboarding, being broke" as some of the tags on their Bandcamp page, after all. But that's what makes it so lovable: "Let's order a pizza, I've gotta eat something before I throw up" - repeat ad infinitum throughout the song. Fun stuff, followed by "We don't make much money, that shouldn't come as a surprise..." on "Before We Go Out Drinking". It's the lowest common denominator when it comes to complexity, but it's exactly in the spirit of no-frills pop punk. It's all about partying, turning your brain off, having a couple of beers and shouting stupid lyrics out loud with your friends at a basement show. And that, my friends, is what Pkew Pkew Pkew are ridiculously good at. Twelve songs straight filed under drunken fun with cheerful melodies and upbeat instrumentation that echo the likes of The Copyrights, Direct Hit!, Dear Landlord and others. What's not to like?
Download: Asshole Pandemic, Mid 20's Skateboarder, Hangin' Out, Before We Go Out Drinking
For the fans of: Direct Hit!, The Hextalls, The Dopamines, The Copyrights, Dear Landlord
Release date 10.06.2016
Royal Mountain Records