Album Review: Cobra Skulls – American Rubicon

Cobra Skulls' new album American Rubicon is now available from Red Scare. Photo courtesy of Red Scare.

Cobra Skulls' new album American Rubicon is now available from Red Scare. / Photo courtesy of Red Scare.

If you hang out around the punk rock underground (by underground I mean the online blog and .org communities), you’ve likely heard the hype surrounding Cobra Skulls. Most of the time, the hype is reserved for any band that remotely sounds like The Lawrence Arms or Against Me! And, while, yes, there is a distinct Against Me! vibe in the music of the Cobra Skulls, the band sets themselves apart from the pack with blazing Social Distortion-like, rockabilly-era tempos, mixed with well-placed, clever lyrics ranging from political to “scene” commentary.

If bands like Fake Problems are riding the wave of the folk-punk craze, then Cobra Skulls are conquering the Big Kahuna. “One Day I’ll Never” is the crowning achievement on American Rubicon, a song that sticks out on an album full of tracks that already standout.  “One Day I’ll Never” is a brilliant throwback to 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, which still sounds modern, catchy and upbeat.

American Rubicon is out now on Red Scare.

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