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by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

Album Review: Teenage Bottlerocket – Stay Rad

Monday 08th, April 2019 / 12:00
By Christine Leonard

Teenage Bottlerocket
Stay Rad

[Fat Wreck Chords]

A bargain at any price, Teenage Bottlerocket’s newest LP is a pop-punk gift to the people from a group that has already contributed plenty in their twenty years of performing and producing feisty party anthems. Jammed with 14 listener-appreciative punk rock tracks that each clock in around the two-minute mark almost without fail, Stay Rad is a testament to the blue-collar idea factory operating at the band’s core.

Rally racing in a checkered cape, “Death Kart” comes off happier than it has any right to; while another celebration of friendship, “Everything to Me,” expresses an absurd degree of joy and affection. Cherishing moments and mutts, leg-humper “I Wanna Be a Dog” shakes off any serious intentions in favour of another silly yet life-preserving “Stupid Song.”

Note to self: “Night of the Knuckleheads” is probably going to be the perfect background theme for all of your impending summer misadventures. It’s only a matter of time until Teenage Bottlerocket invites a hitchhiker on their fun bus, this time its “Creature from the Black Metal Lagoon,” a humorous homage to the dark side that churns up some of the album’s biggest riffs while managing to scoff at all those “shitty Warped Tour bands.”