Local Resident Failure first caught my eye because their drummer posts a lot of videos in which he drums full albums in various styles straight through. Well, the band has just put out one hell of a record and I don’t see a lot of people talking about it. “This Here’s The Hard Part” mixes everything that you could possibly like about punk and pop and throws into a blender of chaos. It’s a chaotic mix that is very well aware of how good music works.
From the first track, “Around The World”, you get that angst, the honesty, and the incredible push forward of punk rock fury that you found when you first listened to Green Day’s “Dookie”. This record is by far the best testament of a lost 1990s or early 2000s record. You are going to listen to every single song over and over again like you did with Nofx’s “Punk in Drublic”. Mark my words, Local Resident Failure's "This Here's The Hard Part" is the top punk record of 2015 thus far!
The guys in Local Resident Failure know how to not only put together elements of skate punk, punk rock, pop, and so much more. With 14 tracks and 32 minutes of music, “This Here’s The Hard Part” is one of the best records that you haven’t heard and it’s sad that I can’t promote it any harder. I am surprised that bands like this aren’t getting to the top of major tours, and are going through the ranks.
It’s easy to wax poetic about this record. The band has found the magic formula to create poppy music, without losing that punk edge. I’m surprised that Fat Wreck Chords hasn’t picked these guys up and paired them with the likes of their lineup. They are that good. Don’t believe me? Well check out the title track below, and pick up “This Here’s The Hard Part” today. You owe it to yourself to listen to this record. I love it! Man, it’s a great release.