The thing I love most about Pittsburgh’s Worlds Scariest Police Chases is simply that they give no shits.
Fueled by cheap beers, working class aggression, and heavy doses of realness, they are like Propaghandi in a sense but only love themselves. Jerks.
The punk rock outfit at one time was thought to have called it quits in 2014 only to change their mind or just screw with anyone they could. For what it’s worth, I am glad they continued on because we need more bands like WSPC.
Recently dropping Ablum 3, the band aims to mess with fans, new and old, instantly. Released on Say 10 Records, I have to confess, this is some good, harsh stuff and just seems to outsmart that “Oh let’s reference a bunch of 90s punk album titles into our album title” release.
“Modernbaseballiswar” started off with the band questioning “what if everyone hates us for this” followed by “I hope everyone hates us for this.” The raw, don’t care attitude easily can relate to any young punker as well as us old punkers who can just sit back and laugh at when we cared what people thought about us.
“Mindtrap” easily was my favorite track on this album. It’s probably all due to the xylophone playing, but honestly, it was just a killer track calling out everyone as possible in less than 2 minutes. I laughed when I heard “punk is dead, no matter what Kevin says” might have been targeted at that guy who did that Warped Tour for a couple of years but who knows. The video was entertaining as hell though.
“My Death” was a 90s punk rock track down to the core. The band really offered some mature, hard moments on this one. I adored this track for the punk ethos being blasted out. I’ll be keeping this song handy for when I’m having one of those days.
Of course my old ass appreciated the rerecorded version of “Adolph Hipster”, a track that was released in 2015 and clearly was aimed at those who think punk is a fashion statement. With the band admitting they are poking fun at anyone who thought the song was about them, the true genius of this song was the Kid Rock “get in the pit and try to love someone” tossed in.
Calling out douchebags was “Trigger Warning”, a track that dismissed anyone who takes advantage of others. Clearly this track was aimed at a certain someone with “you violated trust, you are not one of us” being released at the end. Whoever this is, even I think you suck.
I found entertainment in the song titles too which held reference to some classic punk rock acts. Titles like “The Shape of Punk is Dumb” and “How To Glean Everything” just reminded me how clever these guys really are. Both tracks were good too.
WSPC remain a true gem of a punk band and Ablum 3 clearly showcased that. It’s nice to see these 6 hard-working dudes carry on their band with purpose to piss off, have fun, and just play for themselves (and their fans too of course).
WSPC is playing Cleveland on 12/28 with Boston’s Rebuilder at Now That’s Class. You can bet your ass I will be there.