Forever frozen in time in the pop landscape as young, nerdy, earnest and intensely caffeinated 1980s hardcore outliers hammering out anti-anthems in the flush of youth, how do West Coast punk vets the Descendents still pull off this act as rumpled dads? Maybe because growing up and figuring it all out is a total myth and the disappointments only pile up and the need to scream out loud becomes even more acute as time goes on? Maybe. Or it’s because the Descendents are damn good at what they do. And what they do is keep it short, sweet and serrated – as one would expect from a band containing songwriting heavies like Bill Stevenson and Milo Aukerman. They’re touring behind new(ish) album Hypercaffium Spazzinate – gratifying to see that their caffeine obsession is still in full flight – and walking that tightrope between keeping it loud and urgent and accepting age and change. And it’s an inspiration.
with the Attack, Debt Neglector | 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 | House of Blues, 1490 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista | 407-934-2583 | hob.com/orlando