Review by: Justyn Brodsky
Thrusting back to the good old days when the Vans Warped Tour actually booked real punk rock bands, The Blankz prove with their new single “(It’s A) Breakdown” that punk is not dead, and never was in the first place.
If NOFX and Pennywise had a baby, The Blankz would be a definite DNA match. But even with influences like that, this band’s driven and powerful punk rock approach hones a craft that is in their own right and really gives punk fans a breath of fresh air; as well as a reminder that one of the best genres of music is still alive and kicking even more than before.
With a catchy synth part that perfectly parallels the melodic verses, the crunchy guitar chugs and tight rhythm section really kicks this track into overdrive and leads a hook that’ll stick like glue in your head even after the song is over. It has great power chord progressions with exceptional vocal melody arrangements that punk rock is known for, and really gives a nod to the 90s to early 2000s era of bands from Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords in particular.
Another notable quality about this single is the band’s authenticity – where excellent songwriting is high on the priority list and doesn’t require post-production noise or smoke screens to keep the listener distracted from a mediocre song. There are no one-trick-pony methods or theatrics at all, just an in-your-face punk song with that edge-of-your-seat feeling that is rare in today’s era of music.
For any fan of true punk rock, “(It’s A) Breakdown” is an absolute must-listen in every way. It’s that sound you’ve been yearning for, a reminder that true punk rock exists, and that its legacy will continue no matter what garbage is being shoved down everyone’s throats on mainstream radio. If punk is your thing, then The Blankz will become one of your new instant favorites. You’ll be glad you discovered them.
The single is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Be sure to pick up a copy and experience “(It’s A) Breakdown” for yourself!
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