How could you not with an album title like that?
Everyone’s musical tastes started somewhere, especially for the not yet millennial generation. When it comes to those that have spent their lifetime fostering a strong distaste for top 40 dreck, the foundations for their music tastes were laid by bands of the lowest tier, like Good Charlotte, American Hi-Fi and dare it be mentioned, Simple Plan. Whether any of us want to admit it or not, we attended the school of Hot Topic, taking introductory courses in pop punk.
Once we graduated, we moved on to the next level in punky and hardcore education. Mass produced Ramones shirts on our backs, we found bands like A Day to Remember and Forever the Sickest Kids satisfying. This was before we figured out what actually constitutes worth under the hardcore and pop punk classification. Trustkill Records, anyone?
Along the journey through Bane and Throwdown, bands like Turnstile and Trapped Under Ice dominated Baltimore, getting post-emo kids to two step and chant around the pit. While those memories were made, many have sought to forget that storied past, claiming they’ve been fans of Noothgrush since that ’94 demo.
Yet for the ones that haven’t blocked out that phase of their life, finding bands that are both relevant and enjoyable at a more mature age is somewhat a difficult feat. That’s why members of Turnstile and Trapped Under Ice formed Angel Du$t (note the money sign, not to be confused with the German heavy metal band), to keep the sanctity of hardcore punk alive and well. With Rock The Fuck On Forever, they’ve proven it possible.
Literally the best name of an album ever, Rock The Fuck On Forever is filled with one to two minute long ditties of quickly paced, livened production. “Toxic Boombox” wastes no time kicking the album off with a fury. Every track comes at you like the auditory form of adrenaline, stabbed into your ears like they’re Uma Thurman’s chest.
Rock The Fuck On Forever leans heavily on its musical capacity, to the point where it’s sometimes hard to recognize that the songs have even changed. They all move so quickly and without a lyrical stir, it’s easy to feel as if the album is one long song. This element in no way takes away from Angel Du$t’s task at hand, which is to get people up and moving. They’d be damned if “Upside Down” isn’t the dictionary definition of what pop punk is.
As their sophomore album and the first release from the newly established label Pop Wig, Rock The Fuck On Forever couldn’t be more of a catchy, smile inducing creation. That style of music was never really about lyrics and always really about what makes you want to run the fastest in a circle, or repeatedly jump the highest. As an album, it does all of those things and more, without making you feel like you’ve returned to your “sweatbands and basketball shorts” phase.