If you remove some of the goofier parts from their overall aesthetic, Dads is a band that is fucking killing it. In spite of the wacky song/album titles and goofy cover art, what you have is a band that is the best at what they do. Some great stuff has already come out this year, especially within the punk/emo thing, and Dads is right there near the top.
American Radass (this is important) is a hell of a record. While there are some slower moments on it, the lion’s share of this album blows past you in no time at all. Dads is able to maintain the momentum, which is especially notable since the is a seven minute song right in the middle of it all. Said seven minute song, “Shit Twins,” might be the strongest song on the whole damn thing. It is a song that just keeps building upon itself until the end.
I complain about album sequencing nigh constantly. This record doesn’t have that problem. Album opener “If Your Song Title Has The Word “Beach” In It, I’m Not Listening To It” flows almost perfectly into “Get To The Beach.” That is generally true for the record as a whole. Everything flows together like crazy. As far as the other technical stuff, the record sounds great too. Clean enough to show off the melodic/twinkly stuff, and dirty enough to play up the straight up punk stuff.
For the boring “recommended if you like” part, this is a no brainer for folks who are still upset about Snowing not being a thing (or are super bummed about Algernon Cadwallader). This is an emo record that can absolutely appeal to anyone who is stoked on punk rock. Get into it.
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