If you were to judge The Holy Mess’s latest Cande Ru Las Degas by the acoustic opening track of “My Boring 90s”, you’d think “shit, another punk band has gone all soft” while ripping out your speakers in disgust and throwing them in the street. You’d probably then light said speakers on fire, dropkick a baby, and burn your city to the fucking ground. Well fret not dear reader, I’m here to tell you that Cande Ru Las Degas is a solid melodic punk album and classic Holy Mess album through and through (although you might want to consider going to anger management, dropkicking babies isn’t cool. Well, maybe unless you’re Michael Jackson but he’s dead so you’re clearly not him, douche.)
Containing ten catchy songs clocking in just around a half hour, Philadelphia’s Holy Mess haven’t really missed a beat. While Menzingers-esque “Within the Range Of A Raven” shows that the band has certainly matured in their music writing, insanely infectious “Hospitals” and “Cold Goodbyes” show what The Holy Mess are all about: writing some of the catchiest songs, having a great fucking time, all while singing about some of the most depressing shit imaginable.
On Cande Ru Las Degas, The Holy Mess succeed where many melodic punk bands fall flat. They’ve managed to craft songs that show how they’ve matured but never lost touch with their roots or sound that made fans fall in love with them in the first place.