Happy-core would be a perfect description for the Vandals' latest release, "Hitler Bad, Vandals Good." Punk fans should not be surprised if they feel as if the have heard these songs before, as these battle-scarred veterans are an indispensable influence on many modern-day punk bands. The 14 catchy, upbeat tracks epitomize three-chord, loud-and-fast punk.
Although they rarely break the three-minute barrier, the songs address the full realm of teen angst -- from a 30-something point of view. "My Girlfriends Dead," a humorous look at getting dumped, and the anthemic "Too Much Drama" are both standout cuts. The Vandals pay tribute to Jason Thirk, the late bassist for fellow punkers Pennywise, with a cover of Pennywise's "Come Out Fighting."
"Hitler Bad, Vandals Good" is sure to entertain and influence a new generation of punk rockers.