Unkind (Paper + Plastick Records)
release date: 3/19/2013
by Scott Hefflon
Three or four full-lengths in (first for Paper + Plastic, back to a four piece again) and After the Fall have pretty well nailed the rampaging punk stylings of the late ’90s. Like NOFX, but with less horns and songs about lesbians. Writers often call them “earnest” vocals, when the singer misses a bunch of the notes in his enthusiasm, and that’d be the case here. It’s not a bad thing, of course, cuz you get swept up in the energy of “Decade” yourself and barely notice. Barely. But yeah, one of the two singers misses his mark pretty often. Oh, but there are two guys trading vocals over the rampaging drums and palm-muted, lightening-picked guitars, and all the melodic punk goodness comes charging at you so relentlessly, you’ll barely have time to catch your breath.