Gameday Regulars – …But It’s Hell In The Hallways
Record Label: Mightier Than Sword Records
Release Date: Sept. 27, 2011
To those who say punk rock died long ago, I say “screw you.” Bands like Hot Water Music, Samiam, and more modern bands like Make Do and Mend and Sharks have kept that ethos alive. You might as well add Gameday Regulars to this list. The band’s label debut, ...But It’s Hell In The Hallways, is an opus of Americana punk rock at its finest.
The six track EP clocks in at just under 20 minutes long, but it never lets you take a breath. It’s the kind of punk rock that you want to just let loose of any angst you may have brewing down inside of you.
Probably the most surprising thing about the band is the fact that it’s only three members. The sound is so harmoniously chaotic (Yes, I know they’re antonyms…sue me) that you would think the band is just bigger than what they really are. That’s what gives them their “it” factor…it’s so beautifully disorganized and gritty but composed in a way where it’s simple enough to not be overwhelmed by the business of anything.
The band has a lot to get off their chest. In the opening track, “Pale Reflections” we hear them wail “How does it feel when she knows she is dead to me?” The gruffness in the voice crawls through your spine as you can feel the emotional distress in every word. It’s a powerful line that sets the tone for the entire EP – pissed off punk rock that you feel compelled to drink a lot to.
The standout track on the EP is “The Whiskey Keeps Us Young.” This is the dog-pile, sing-a-long inducing song on the EP. The chorus is just so damn catchy and powerful; you can’t help but get hooked into it. Ironically, it reminds me of The Menzingers’ “They Speak of My Drinking, But Never My Thirst,” and that is never a bad thing.
So what more is there to say about Gameday Regulars? The band is phenomenal, the EP is incredible, and Gameday Regulars will be your next favorite punk rock band.