Is there such a genre called, “Turbo Smash ska punk”? Think a mash between Black Flag and the Mad Caddies. Although this is no happy trip we’re on. This is getting hepatitis from touching the walls at CBGB’s. This EP is hardcore ska punk. Although not quite the metal ska, but more Less Than Jake meets D.R.I. The Upper Downers represent the gritty LA streets they call home proudly.

The tune Somebody Died starts out with your typical melodic ska beat, has a superb Joy Division guitar riff. Now let’s talk Garbage Human, fast paced aggressive punk in your face, with a deeper fucking meaning. Alone will get you heading for the pit. I love the slight breaks and build up. Now Heroin is probably my favorite off the EP. I really enjoyed the jam opening and the message this song holds. Addiction is a fucking monster and sadly it takes too many too fast and too young.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this EP. Sadly since it’s an EP. It leaves the listener wanting more. The Upper/Downer band provides a much needed relief from the bullshit we call the “Real World”.

You can pick up the EP here, https://upperdowner.bandcamp.com/releases. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/upperdownerband/. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/upperdownerband/.

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