Whenever I think of the Descendents, my mind immediately whizzes back to when I watched them plow through their set during an outside daytime party in 1982 in Manhattan Beach, CA. Hyperactive bandmembers Milo Aukerman, Frank Navetta, Tony Lombardo and Bill Stevenson went off in the front yard of one of their friends' home on The Strand. Facing the beach and a tiny crowd, the guys cemented themselves into my punk rock world.
Many years later, early Descendents songs -- pre-dating that beach gig -- are being unveiled on their "9th & Walnut" album, which will be released on July 23 on Epitaph Records.
Lombardo, Navetta (RIP) and Stevenson ripped through and recorded this batch of songs in 2002 at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO. Aukerman recently finished the vocals at The Holler Box in Newark, DEL.
The album's moniker comes from the intersection where their rehearsal space was located in Long Beach, CA during their early days. Within the grooves, you'll find 18 tunes, including a cover of the Dave Clark Five's "Glad All Over." "It's a Hectic World" and "Ride the Wild" from the band's first single are given the Aukerman vocal treatment this time out.
The Descendents are slated to headline the first night of Punk Rock Bowling on Sept. 24 in Las Vegas, NEV.
To pre-order the album, visit https://descendents.store/