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Pretend I Don't Exist
You Vandal Pretend I Don't Exist Punk Rock Theory
7.0
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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 16:12
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Thomas

Thanks to No Idea Records, Fest and the general awesomeness of Hot Water Music, Gainesville will probably be associated with gruff punk until the city has once again become a swampy wasteland. But just because a city is known for one thing, that doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t spawn something else as well. Enter You Vandal with their brand spanking new album, ‘Pretend I Don’t Exist’.

On the follow-up to 2017’s ‘I Just Want To Go Back To Hell,’ these Floridians take everything they like about melodic punk rock and pop-punk leaving out the parts that make youngsters use words like ‘cringe’. So yeah, no New Found Glory levels of awkwardness to be found on here. Just a dozen songs worth of slick melodies, catchy singalong choruses and tons of energy.