Descendents: A lot of rock bands aren't honest about getting older


Descendents’ Karl Alvarez says many older rock bands try too hard to act younger, rather than embracing their age.

The bassist with the veteran punk band says their upcoming album Hypercaffium Spazzinate looks “unflinchingly” at the reality of getting older.

He tells Rolling Stone: “I think there’s quite a bit on the record that’s kind of unflinchingly looking at getting older. And it’s nice, because I think a lot of rock bands aren’t very honest about that.

“They all want to exist in some universe where they’re perpetually between the ages of 21 and 35. We’re codgers – we’re not afraid to admit it.”

The record also sheds light on the past 12 years since their last album, 2004’s Cool To Be You. The songs cover real-life topics such as marital problems, child ADHD medication and a variety of health issues the band members have faced.

In 2009 and 2010, drummer and songwriter Bill Stevenson fell ill as a result of a brain tumour and pulmonary embolism. He started performing again a while after having it removed in late 2010 – and he believes he is finally on the road to recovery.

Stevenson says: “I’d hope to think of this as the documentation of the end of a pretty bad era for me. Very rough on my family and my wife, my children, my health. I think we’re doing okay now, so maybe it’s the end.”

Hypercaffium Spazzinate is due out on July 29. It can be pre-ordered via Kings Road Merch.

Descendents will tour the US with Modern Baseball this autumn.

Descendents Hypercaffium Spazzinate tracklist

  1. Feel This
  2. Victim Of Me
  3. On Paper
  4. Shameless Halo
  5. No Fat Burger
  6. Testosterone
  7. Without Love
  8. We Got Defeat
  9. Smile
  10. Limiter
  11. Fighting Myself
  12. Spineless And Scarlet Red
  13. Human Being
  14. Full Circle
  15. Comeback Kid
  16. Beyond The Music
  17. Days Of Desperation
  18. Thinkin’
  19. Grindstone
  20. Business A.U.
  21. Unchanged

Descendents 2016 tour dates

Sep 02: Denver National Western Complex, CO
Sep 02-05: Denver Riot Fest, CO
Sep 15: Minneapolis First Avenue, MN
Sep 16: Chicago Riot Fest, IL
Sep 22: San Diego SOMA, CA
Sep 24: Pozo Saloon, CA
Sep 29: San Francisco Warfield Theatre, CA
Oct 01: Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium, CA
Oct 06: Boston The Royale, MA
Oct 08: New York PlayStation Theater, NY
Oct 13: Philadelphia Electric Factory, PA
Oct 15: Silver Spring The Fillmore, MD
Nov 09: Seattle Neptune Theatre, WA
Nov 10: Seattle Neptune Theatre, WA
Nov 12: Portland Roseland Theater, OR

This Is Hardcore: Descendents – Milo Goes To College

Former TeamRock news desk member Christina joined our team in late 2015, and although her time working on online rock news was fairly brief, she made a huge impact by contributing close to 1500 stories. Christina also interviewed artists including Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and worked at the Download festival. In late 2016, Christina left rock journalism to pursue a career in current affairs. In 2021, she was named Local Weekly Feature Writer of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards.