Don’t get me wrong…I hate pop punk bands as much as the next person, but if you have a soft spot for anything that could be considered skate punk-adjacent, this one’s for you. The band in question is Block Parent, and they’ve just served up a strong dose of post-Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater nostalgia via their new LP, Sick Year Bro.
Though one might consider them to be pop punk, Block Parent does not represent the whiny, weirdly-old-to-be-crying-about-a-breakup-that-happened-in-high-school type of pop punk band I have been subjected to at numerous local shows. I insist that they are the 90’s Green Day, early Blink-182, Jawbreaker-esque type of pop punk band.
Sick Year, Bro is one-part tongue-in-cheek nod to the sick year we’ve had, a thousand parts poo-poo jokes and something just short of your recommended yearly dose of Cambridge, ON.
If you like that little weird bass-fill in the song When I Come Around by Green Day, you will probably fuck with this album.