For the first time in 12 years, we have a new song from the innovators of pop punk, the Descendents. It's not a bad song by any means, and it's miles ahead of the new material their contemporaries churn out every couple years, but I'm not completely sold on it. "Victim of Me" is far more thrashy than I would have expected, especially given their (relatively) laid back sound on 2004's Cool to Be You. Most of the songs on that album were calmer and dealt with settling into adulthood and middle age. "Victim of Me" is far louder and faster, but what throws me off a bit is how melodic the chorus ends up being. The two aspects don't mesh as well as I'd like them. That being said, there's no way I'm not thrilled for a new Descendents album.
The new Descendents album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, will be out on July 29 on Epitaph Records. You can hear "Victim of Me" below. For more info on the Descendents, and to check out some pretty sweet pre-order bundles, check them out on Tumblr.