Lagwagon – Railer

8.5/10 

Skate punk Jedis Lagwagon enhance the parameters of reality with their latest release, going by the name Railer. Consistently evoking smiles and sing-alongs, Lagwagon don’t trail behind with this powerful release that seems to be another successful notch in their belt.  

Tons of densely packed catchiness is crammed into almost every track on this record, especially towards the front end, giving a strong first impression and solid start, namely with “Stealing Light” and “Surviving California.” Followed closely by “Parable” and “The Suffering,” which appear in a more melancholy fashion and truly showcase frontman Joey Cape’s vocal refinement throughout Lagwagon’s career.

Always being a band of great collective energy, it’s obvious that Lagwagon has a hard time releasing anything bad; but now more than ever, the overplayability (yeah, I make up words when music is this kick ass) of this band’s discography is more clear. The true mark of great skate punk is it’s potential to be left on repeat for who knows how long, and still sound great on the three-hundredth time.

Sadly, we have a small pocket of about three songs towards the end of this lovely record, that seems to miss the mark slightly, but still enough to break the perfect flow of the first nine tracks: Hey, nobody is perfect, and all attempts involving hard work are commendable regardless if they please the stingy music critic or not. The largest and juiciest chunk of Railer has got us really appreciating the first few rays of vitamin D of the season, wishing we were moving into the next abandoned pool for the usual week-long chill sesh. Summer is at the door and within this album can be found the inspiration to venture into the outdoors once more.

Written by Talia Plante
*Edited by Dominic Abate

About Talia Plante 47 Articles
A classically trained pianist from the Laval suburbs, Talia sees no other clear path in life other than her passion for music. An experienced music teacher and social bird, she seizes any opportunity to be with others. Being an avid psychonaut and lover of emotional connection, she can often be found at parties of any variety, likely rubbing her face on cats she’s allergic to, or somehow slipping into conversation that black metal and baroque music are really just close cousins. Her lifetime favourites include Black Sabbath and Liszt, and anything even remotely psychedelic, doom, or stoner-like. Her current dreams are to become the modern day Mary Poppins (umbrella and children’s laughter included), buy a van to drive across any drive-able land, and spread sunshine wherever she goes. If spotted in the wild, the best way to make her smile is to ask her anything…or offer some cheese.

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