What is ska? What is punk? What is hardcore? Donkey Punch may be all of these or none of the above, but their newest release, 8 Track, doesn”t need a label to prove itself. Full of contagious melodies and infectious words, their second album is sick in a good way.

Paul Wong
America at it”s finest.<br><br>Courtesy of Perennial Publishers

Donkey Punch fans know what they like, and what they like is on this album: Songs about subjects to which they can relate. Love/hate relationships with boy bands, kissing your girlfriend”s sister and substance abuse are just a taste of the delicious album that this local band is offering to their fans. With catchy choruses and fast paced interludes, songs like “Na Na Na” and “Oops My Bad” will have you jumping, singing and moshing after just one listen. And choruses that contain lyrics like “That”s right I”m talkin” “bout the boy bands/And I”m confessing, we”re jealous of what they have/it”s true” and “I can”t think of anything that I would rather do/Than getting fucked up for you,” are bound to be stuck in your head for weeks at a time. How can that be a bad thing?

With eight straight tracks of hardcore, sing-along, classic Donkey Punch hits, these guys have taken their live show and brought it straight to your discman. Although missing the timeless “East Coast Girl,” found on their first album, Your Everything Else, the rest of the set list on this new CD makes up for it. It”ll get you through the line at Shaman Drum or a trip from North Campus in no time. Just watch yourself: Even though Donkey Punch needs no labels, their lyrics and harmonies are known to insight some “punk rock” behavior.

Grade: B+

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