The Copyrights – Report

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The Copyrights

Report - Red Scare Industries

The vague genre descriptor pop punk can mean many different things depending on who you are talking to. Does it mean the legends; The Ramones or Descendents? Are you talking about when it went mainstream with Blink 182 and Green Day’s American Idiot or when a handful of groups incorporated synthesizers and hardcore breakdowns a couple years ago? Is it a bunch of guys singing about pizza and broken hearts or endless fart and dick jokes or maybe it is literary inspired laments on post high school depression? Apparently today it can even mean a teenage boy band like 5 Seconds of Summer… Regardless of the bands that come to mind when you read the term pop punk, all of these groups arguably share some common defining elements: catchy sing along songs that are played fast and are likely less aurally offensive than a Slayer album to your parents (unless you have awesome parents!). The Copyrights simply play pop punk music.

Report is a solid 14 tracks of The Copyrights brand of pop punk. They show their widespread influences on the songs, touching on skate punk, alt rock and mainstream sounds. Slider kicks off the release with a sombre guitar part before breaking into a full on punk rager, which settles into a decent punk track in the vein of Off With Their Heads. The songs on album blow by quickly, with most tracks falling below the two minute mark. They channel an old school drumbeat on Telescope, which is a straightforward skate punk song that would have fit comfortably on a Punk-O-Rama album in the late 90s. They channel that sound again on Worlds on Fire, a driving tune that propels forward quickly and ends abruptly as they break into No Knocks. They slow things down on Fireworks which has an almost campfire sing along vibe, albeit at double time.  Instead of adopting a specific sonic identity from within the widespread pop punk genre, they have chosen to be creative in their music, experimenting by pushing the boundaries of labels, much like their contemporaries Direct Hit!

Lyrically, the album focuses on real life issues. They reflect on the harsh realities of economic instability on Keep the Change, “I use my credit card to pay credit cards, I use another one to pay rent. I’m throwing nickels at my student loans and they haven’t made a dent.” But during the brief minute they muse that “they wouldn’t change it if they could,” putting a positive spin on things. Their rally cry of “let’s burn it to the ground and disappear” on The New Frontier evokes the rebellious spirit of classic punk, but references to Cannery Row and Grapes of Wrath highlight that there is substance behind their words. 

For those who have yet to hear The Copyrights, this is a great introduction to one of the best bands in pop punk today. They have enough of a pop influence to bring in teenage Blink 182 fans, with enough skate punk credibility to appeal to 30-something Fat Wreck Chords fans. Report is a fast paced piece of pop punk perfection from one of the best bands in the scene right now. Their previous work always showed promise, but everything has come together here to showcase a band at the top of their game.