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Released in July 2014
 
In almost every bitter divorce there will be a child torn between two warring parents, often being cast aside as mum and dad battle it out over empty bottles and broken promises. In this scenario, Bad Luck is the conflicted offspring of bickering parents Jesse Lacey and John Nolan, with stepdad Adam Lazarra making snide remarks from the side-lines.
 
Not wanting to be overcome by parental influence, Bad Luck has grown and created a personality of its own. But nurture can often trump nature, and it cannot shake the traits passed down to it from those that birthed them. Whilst snarky stepdad Lazarra heavily influences the vocals, Lacey’s wordsmithery worms its way into the lyrics, and Nolan’s existential crisis takes a bash at Bad Luck’s self-esteem.
 
Whether you like it hard and fast or you’re a “sucker for anything acoustic”, Cold Bones, the latest offering from the Daytona Beach foursome, covers all punk rock and emo bases, resulting in an album that is rousing and nostalgic and yet sits well within the alternative scene of 2014. Yes, the lyrics are often sound like teenage poetry – “fragment ideas and too many pronouns” – and yes, this is embarrassing and awkward coming from anyone over twenty, but one cannot deny the catchiness of those big spiky riffs and rapid drums.
 
Despite teetering on being a Your Favourite Weapon/Tell All Your Friends tribute album, Cold Bones is a welcome reminder of all things 2001 rather than the sorrowful adventure it could have been. For starters, Bad Luck is a musically tight bunch, and they perfect the high-octane punk-rock guitars that boost lung-strengthening choruses and inspire surprisingly vicious circle pits.
 
If you’ve ever screamed yourself sick along with McCracken, chuckled darkly with Skiba or asserted your well-being in maniacal bursts a la Way, then this album with have something for you. It’ll make you want to swing a microphone around your head, destroy yourself in a mosh pit and pretend that you’re a stupid kid all over again.

 

 

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