05:09 PM on 04/15/14
What a tough question, there have been so many over the years. My love for them began the first time I heard "Ultimate Devotion" on physical fatness what must have been about 15 years ago. There was something so raw and immediate about the way that they played their music and expressed their ideas.....its like the world was about to implode and they knew they only had 2 and a half minutes to get their last thoughts out into the world. Twisted by design was the album that I really fell in love with and their follow up "An American Paradox" continued to expand my love of theirs.
However, the one song that I always come back to, the one song that I sing to my 6 month old son almost weekly is "Your Worst Mistake". I still remember the first time I heard it and it blew my mind. I had never heard of a punk rock song treat rhythm and intensity in that manner. The way jason uses not only dynamics in his delivery but timing of his vocals still to this day blows my mind. "Once again, i've done my job, of pushing you away, its the rise and fall, beginning and the end of another day". No one since that day has used that much emphasis to envoke such emotion in a beautiful ebb and flow rhythm style like Jason does in this song. When he sings "The weight of the world, is all i ever have to give"; it is sung with such conviction that I still get a lump in my throat to this very day and this is why I sing it to my son; I want him to grow up with music that actually means something. But not just Jasons contribution; the whole track. The epic guitar riff, the pounding drums from Jordan; it to me is a perfect song! So this is my pick! Here is to another 20 years of punk rock!