Itâ€™s been six long years since their last release, but Reno Divorce has made the wait more than worth it. On Tears Before Breakfast, their third record, the Denver-based foursome plays blistering punk rock better than most of their contemporaries.
The band clearly spent a lot of the past six years revisiting the classics (everyone from Social Distortion and the Descendents to TSOL). The album kick starts hard with â€œSuperchargerâ€ and doesnâ€™t let up for 11 songs. Though itâ€™s difficult to pick standouts when almost every track is solid, â€œAll Show, No Go!â€ and the bittersweet â€œHow Longâ€™s It Beenâ€ are destined to become fan favorites. The band has changed its line up a bit between albums, but the changes have only worked in the groupâ€™s favor, boasting a tighter sound.
Recorded under punk rock mainstay Jason Livermore, Tears before Breakfast is a nearly flawless album, that puts the emphasis on substance over style; kind of a rarity in the punk world these days when more time is spent on coming up with designs for the neon day-glow t-shirts at the merch table than actually writing songs.
Top tracks: â€œAll Show, No Go!â€ and â€œHow Long Itâ€™s Beenâ€
Rating: 9 out of 10
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