ALBUM: Sunrise Skater Kids – Friendville

Release Date: April 1st 2016
Label: Unsigned


The Jarrod Alonge train has been rollin’ ever since his frontman ribbing videos, but his debut album ‘Beating A Dead Horse’ surpassed all expectations as his fictional bands tackled the whole rock and metal scene, poking fun at anyone and everyone. Perhaps aiming for the easiest target of them all, Alonge‘s pop-punk ridiculers Sunrise Skater Kids are back for a full-length record to cement the staleness of the genre in 2016.

‘Friendville’ is a solid reminder that pop-punk shouldn’t take itself too seriously, and this hugely successful crowd pledged record proves what the fans want to hear.

A lot of the parodies on Sunrise Skater Kids‘ debut are more specific than we’ve heard before. Jarrod lays his teeth pretty deeply into Mayday Parade‘s ‘Miserable At Best’ with every unnecessarily overstated vowel on ‘Rain On My Parade’, but the melancholy on this version is the topic of not getting to see boobs instead of whatever Mayday Parade were crying about.

Even the golden oldies can’t escape the record, as the NOFX-style ‘Exposure Bank’ is enough proof that today’s pop-punk market doesn’t even have enough variety to mock for a whole album. Thankfully the bands being stereotyped can join in the fun, as guest vocals from Patty Walters (As It Is) and Dave Stephens (We Came As Romans) let us know that it’s all in good jest.

Just like we heard in Amongst the Grave’s Demons, which had as many metalcore bands squeezed into a medley as possible, we now have ‘All The Old Things’ that has so many huge pop-punk songs in 4 minutes that it sounds like a rock club DJ’s setlist; the lyrical references along the way can be hilarious, but the ultimate punchline here is Fall Out Boy‘s latest musical direction.

Perhaps it’s time to start assessing your work when your mimickers are miles ahead of you in terms or enjoyment and longevity. Alonge manages to hit the nail on the head so many times on ‘Friendville’, and there are so many comical titbits that you’ll encounter on repeat listens – like a musical version of the movie Airplane!.

From the “First song!” shout on opener ‘Garage Door’ to the Star Wars twist on the regulation slow ballad, Alonge has managed to succeed again with a concept that seemed like a one hit wonder. Even when a regular album would get uninteresting with filler material, there’s ‘Nothing Special’ to start mocking even himself. A must listen for anyone who likes or hates pop-punk.

Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)

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Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS! | Atheist and antitheist. | Judge of the quick & the dead since 1989. | Aspiring freelance pizza eater.