Slackerdom and partying are cornerstones of some of the more popular sects of punk. It’s the celebration of opposing conservative ideals of older generations, spitting in the face of conventional lifestyles while cracking open a morning beer. It’s a tradition being happily carried on by Perth, Australia’s Braves with their scrappy, unhinged guitar licks.
The band has cultivated this brash sound and attitude since forming in 2012, releasing a slew of rabid singles as well as last year’s Seapunk EP. Never ones to settle down, they’ve yet to record a full-length, but continue to throw out one-off singles like last week’s “Get It Right”. Today, they’re already back at it again with their latest ode to self-destruction, “Dropout”.
“‘Dropout’ is about embracing failure, learning to love the freedom that comes with knowing you don’t have to try your best anymore; you’ve already given up,” the band tells Consequence of Sound. “It’s a pretty poisonous attitude in hindsight, but in the moment it’s liberating to have nowhere to be and nothing to do. It’s a cautionary tale that everyone ignores until they learn the lesson for themselves; fucking up is an important step towards making progress it seems.”
Frontman Alex Di Giovanni opens the track talking about their embarrassment of dropping out of school while drinking and surfing the Internet. Each verse builds on his deprecating humor, howling over choppy riffs with reckless abandon. He scoffs about holding onto his youth, showing a keen self-awareness about his state but continues down the same path. It’s a ferocious punk anthem, complete with snark and plenty of vicious screams.
Listen in below.