All right, let’s get this out of the way – the Prople is an incredibly silly name for a band, even for horrorpunk, a subgenre permeated with silly band names. That said, these central-Florida veggie-powered creepsters have crafted fifteen aggressive, catchy blasts of ghoulish punk rock venom with their debut full-lenth, Revenge. Owing far more to poppy skate punk and early-1980s hardcore fury than to any band showcasing Glenn Danzig’s gothic croon, the album is a refreshing dose of gritty, horror/sci-fi-influenced rock n’ roll in a sea of Graves-era Misfits sound-alikes. Opening track “Grim Grinning Ghosts” sets the tone with its ultra-Hallows Eve-y synth into, then things get much more belligerent (and ridiculous) from there. Star Wars nerds can rejoice in the one-two punch of “The Force Awakens” and “Daddy Built a Death Star”, while “Dirty Laundry” sounds like Black Flag gone crust. Depending on one’s favorite character from the beloved anime series, the Dragon Ball Z faithful may want to plug their ears when the band informs you “Broly is an Overrated Pussy”, but with that incredibly pissed-off, more-fun-than-it-has-any-right-to-be bounce of a chorus, why would you want to? The vegan punks will love the message of “Revenge”, a tale of once-subjugated beef animals rising against humanity in defiance, while the rest of us can enjoy a musical high from the song’s angry swagger. With something for the enraged, horror-obsessed teenager lurking within us all, Revenge is a dish best served fucking loud.
Watch the lyric video for the Prople’s “Don’t Breathe”, inspired by the suspenseful fright-film of the same name, below.
To purchase or stream the album, visit the Prople’s Bandcamp page.