10 Other Almost Perfect Punk Rock Albums

Punk has never been a genre that conforms to the rules. Since its conception in the early 60s, bands went against the grain; taking aspects of popular rock, feeding it through poorly maintained equipment and generating enough noise to cause a scene. It’s a genre that both screams for attention while not giving the ass if it receives.

If there is a checklist for punk, the first point would be to not follow the checklist. That said, the second point would be: play faster than anyone else; there might also be a vague mention of having contempt for authority, and at the very least you need some attitude. But, after that, all bets are off.

As punk grew over the decades, it took on many shapes and forms, mutating rather than evolving. Sure, there are the punk purists who espouse anarchy and non-conformity, while rigidly sticking to a three-chord song structure, but these bands never last.

These are the albums that pushed those anarchic buttons while breathing new life into one of rock’s most influential and enduring genres.

Pop-punk has been experiencing a visceral resurgence in recent years. The late 90s early 2000s is in the spotlight right now, fashion from the era is now considered vintage…as is the music. For anyone who grew up during this time, it’s a stark reminder that time flies… But never fear, there’s still fun to be had.

You might think that punk is about being as loud and aggressive as possible, with little or no attention to melody. Well, Doll Skin will challenge those preconceptions. Their second studio album mixes cheeky pop-punk melody, while incorporating the kind of metal energy you’d expect from a band whose debut album was produced by Megadeath bassist David Ellefson.

This is a marked improvement over previous versions of the band; the themes were all about lost love and cliched references to girl power. With this disc, however, they have found the courage to tackle subjects that are a little less worn or obvious. There’s a fire in these girls and they’ve got the musical chops to back it up. They beat hard, but there’s a precision to the riffs that gives their sound a mix of raw energy and technical sophistication.

Diana J. Carleton