by Anthony V. Fraccalvieri
photo by Kevin Scanlon
The few, the proud, The Descendents! This classic Huntington Beach punk foursome have enjoyed a productive last decade. 2013 saw the release of their feature-length documentary Filmage, chronicling the history of Descendents and their sister project All. In 2016, the band released Hypercaffium Spazzinate, their first full-length record in 14 years. Upon the release of this album, vocalist Milo Auckerman announced that he would be leaving his career in biochemistry to pursue the band full time. This came as a surprise to longtime fans, in that his affinity for science and academics has been a running theme in Descendents’ music and imagery from the beginning. The following year brought us the standalone single “Who We Are”, a highly political diatribe aimed squarely at the presidency of Donald Trump and the societal divisions that it has amplified and exacerbated. In a recent interview, Auckerman hinted at a new album in the works.