Every few months, something comes along and reminds me of my undying love for skate-punk and that early Epitaph/Fat Wreck Chords sound: the bands that taught me how to play guitar, the songs at the foundation of my love of music, the sound that made me want to be in a band…and I still am in one…or more. What can I say? I couldn’t skate.
Enter Local Resident Failure, who I stumbled upon on accident because their drummer, Kyle Smith, made two drum videos spanning the entire Epitaph and Fat discography. Watch those here and here. They’re quite impressive based on volume alone. Now, the more aggressive side of this genre always held my attention over the poppier side. In ’94, I went the Offspring-Smash route as opposed to the Green Day– Dookie, route, if you know what I mean (Kyle also has a video spanning Green Day’s career here).
Local Resident Failure offer a comfortable blend of that aggression and the melody/hooks/harmonies that could draw someone who doesn’t typically listen to punk derivative stuff. There’s upstrokes, too…like the ones you’d find on an early Millencolin record. Their first full length, “A Breath of Stale Air,” could very well sneak it’s way into the Fat Wreck Chords catalog (I’m not too sure what Epitaph is up to these days, but that last Bad Religion record ruled).
Local Resident Failure sound like The Deviates meets NOFX with a hint of a real accent on the vocals, on their debut. You usually know what you’re going to get with this genre, which is why the titled makes me laugh, however it’s rare that a new band comes out and does it so well. Listen for yourself below: