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Past Our Prime
Spells Past Our Prime Punk Rock Theory
Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 20:07
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Denver, CO’s Spells were already dishing out sweet ‘vacation rock’ on 2016’s ‘Staying In > Going Out’ and 2020’s ‘Stimulants & Sedatives,’ albums that served as an excuse to go play shows in cities that have either beaches or buddies. But on ‘Past Our Prime’ the five-piece take things to the next level.

Opener ‘A Different Kind Of Broke’ has a bit of a Hot Snakes vibe going, Superchunk is lurking around the corner on ‘What The Hell Is Caution’ and ‘The Sound Remains’ is a garage-y rock ‘n roll tune that The Hives would be proud of. The band isn’t slouching on the B-side either. ‘The Tempest’ made me think of Bob Mould while ‘Stay Strong’ can help you get out of bed on a day when you don’t exactly feel like getting up.

Does this sound like ‘Past Our Prime’ is a bit all over the place? It sure does. Does it sound like they are having a lot of fun banging out these songs? It sure does. The vocals may be a bit rough around the edges, bordering on manic at times, but we can all use a bit more ‘vacation rock’ in our lives.


Past Our Prime track listing:

  1. A Different Kind Of Broke    
  2. The Sound Remains    
  3. Past My Prime    
  4. What The Hell Is Caution    
  5. A Life Worth Living    
  6. The Tempest    
  7. Lost Summer    
  8. Some Would Say    
  9. Nightmares    
  10. Stay Strong    
  11. Salt
Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.