The Dune Rats are back with their second album, The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit, and they’ve brought along plenty of punk rock swagger, sing/shout-along choruses, and drug and alcohol soaked lyrics for their second go-round. There is a youthful mischievousness to the record that comes from a place of experience as on tracks like “6 Pack” which raucously celebrates the occasion of the singer’s brother buying him a sixer set against a crumbling family dynamic. “Life Before” continues this wistful look back at the days of getting “fucked up” without the weight of the world on one’s shoulders.
These heady themes no doubt are a product of the band’s new approach to making an album. Unlike their debut which was purposefully written and recorded in under two months as a nod to Steve Albini and Nirvana, The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit had a lengthy writing and preparation period. According to singer and guitarist Danny Beusa, “(T)his time we focused on making an album that was Dunies sound, figuring out that was the funnest thing.”
If The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit represents the Dunies’ sound, then it is a sound of absolute fun. Songs like “Bullshit” and “Never Gonna Get High” have a pop bounce and punk edge while “Counting Sheep” and “Scott Green” have a gritty glamour all their own. With The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit, the Dune Rats deliver a propulsive party atmosphere that never lets up as it powers through hangovers, complaining neighbors, and all the rest of life’s bullshit until it’s time to light and drink up again.
The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit is out February 3 on Dine Alone Records and you can pre-order it now. You can follow the Dune Rats on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, and on their website at www.dunerats.tv.