Few bands charge out of the starting gates with a manifesto you could set your watch to - even fewer with one as unifying as Partybaby’s. Dividing everyday anxieties into easily digestible sugar-bombs, their early singles injected a much needed heart and soul into pop-punk’s high-gain charge, establishing themselves as one of the brightest prospects in years within seconds of debut track ‘Everything’s All Right’. With debut album ‘The Golden Age Of Bullshit’, they step up to the plate; flag-bearers for a whole generation.
From the cop-baiting hedonism of totemic party anthem ‘Your Old Man’ to ‘Don’t Say It’’s stitching of solemn reflection to chunky distortion, it’s vital from the off. Vibrant, fresh and yet instantly relatable, it’s an old comfort blanket put through a deep cleanse. By the time closer ‘Overload’ drops in references to the preceding seven tracks, Partybaby have established their own mythology. It’s one that’ll stick around for millennia.
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