Shirt: ALL - Breaking Things
Brand: SST Merchandising
Source: I am not positive but i think Craig Ibarra made the actual cover for “Breaking Things”,but i could not tell you who did this artist’s interpretation of the cover. the one glaring thing i know about this record is the learning curve it took for me to enjoy it properly. here’s why in order of impact.
1. NO ALLROY ART.
i know it shouldn’t make that much of a difference, but that is like putting out a Descendents record without Milo on the cover. (yeah i know it happened, but that didn’t make it right) While Milo and Allroy might be two of the most iconic music stars of my generation. i have learned to love them, and enjoy everything they do. I’m sure i will till i die. if i have a boy 90% chance he will be named Milo. is it possible that during my generation the name Milo will have spiked in popularity because of one man? Im not saying as much as Barack or anything but i can imagine Milo was climbing up the charts before Descendents made their mark on it. Shit Milo should fucking drop a trade mark on that fucker. make a few dollars each time a kid gets that name. like when people sing happy birthday in a movie, someone out their gets paid because someone made that song popular at some point.
2. NEW SINGER / NO SCOTT
I grew up on Scott. not Dave, not Milo. but Scott. He was everything i knew about ALL and to have a new person singing was like having a new stepfather. sure he may be cool, smart, talented, but he is not your Dad. he is not the only guy you knew about. he was knew and he needed to prove himself (unfortunately for him) . but it was the truth. and at the time it seemed the band seem to be pulling away from old ALL and taking a new direction. new singer, soon new label, and new fans. Fans I’m sure they would later learn are usually worth their weight in feathers. It would always be the loyal ALL followers that would keep this band around and fuel the desire to hear more, and more and more…
I am sure there are more reasons, but those were the top two. i remembered even taking a hiatus on listening to them after a 4 year run of non stop rotation. I would later come back to this record and really appreciate it for what it was, a new chapter for the band. a third act if you will. the part of the movie where the band has back story (the exposition), then the character development where the band discovers who and what ALL really is, then the third act with Chad, the climax. they get major label deal and the full nine. then their is the 4th act. which dosent really exist but for the sake of conversation (all be it one-sided here) ill say there is. the 4th act for this band is where ALL realizes they didnt need major label, it was never for them, Descendents explode to a whole new generation and then the documentary is made (no pressure Filmage!!!). The Documentary finally shows how these bands have become a monster influence on not only a giant batch of bands and musicians, but also on a two generations of music lovers. then continue to go on , grow and solidify their place in the history of great rock bands.