In Rear-View: #Dadcore by The Snipped

The Snipped are a hardcore punk band straight out of Punksylvania’s home base in Altoona, PA. “Dadcore” as they call themselves, consists of Wax on guitar and vocals, Jeff on guitar, Justin on drums, and

The Snipped are a hardcore punk band straight out of Punksylvania’s home base in Altoona, PA. “Dadcore” as they call themselves, consists of Wax on guitar and vocals, Jeff on guitar, Justin on drums, and until recently, Ric on bass. The band has undergone a bassist change by adding equally talented, Frank, in earlier 2020.  

The Snipped hold a special place in our hearts as one of the first bands to sign on to play at Camp Punksylvania. They have remained a positive force in our scene as well by recently stepping up to play our “Shut The Fall Up,” a benefit show for Lexi.  Without further ado, here’s my album review of #Dadcore.

The song “Along These Streets” starts off soft, but gradually builds up with every element. From drums to bass to guitar, the guys rip it out of the park. A big reason for my love of music is that it can unlock certain memories or emotions. This song does it right from the beginning riff for me. It brings me back to backyard barbecues, listening to hardcore tunes with friends for hours. It has elements of early 90s rock, which I found to be unique. It completely works though and was the main trigger for my nostalgia. Wax comes on strong from the start. His voice is solid and the harmonies of the back up vocals are amazing. This song had me jamming hard. It slows down before the final chorus and I thought it was going to end, but then the song goes into an even more powerful chorus ending it perfectly.

Much like the members of The Snipped, I have always been a huge fan of 90s skate punk. Some can even make the argument that I’m stuck in that time period when it comes to what I like to listen to now. “The Hand That Feeds” is very reminiscent to that era.  Two albums that come to mind when playing this song were Lagwagon’s Double Plaidinum and Pennywise’s Full Circle. The song is a deeper one with lyrics like “when a child begins to talk, tell ‘em what to say, when a child begins to walk show that child the way.” As a parent to two girls, I can completely relate to what the song is trying to convey. I try my best to lead my child through life, knowing that one day she’ll be finding her own way. I can only hope that the path I’ve tried to provide for them was the right one.  

“I’m Alright” is up next and it’s fast! One of my favorite things about punk is the ability to speak about sensitive issues. Solid guitar riffs are used as transitions throughout, which is fun. It had me dancing around the room, especially towards the end of the final chorus. The lyrics “No need for me to talk to you, I’d rather see things through cause I’m alright” speaks to me. I have a tendency to not share feelings and I have an even harder time trying to accept help from those around me when I need it. I am definitely someone who keeps things bottled up and either let it pass or explode in a fiery hot mess. But it’s ok, cause I’m alright.  

The song, “Bus,” surprised me quite a bit. The beginning starts off with a solid riff where you think you can pick out the pace and get a feel of the song, but out of nowhere it cranks right up. The bass line of this song is the bomb. I was so swept away with it that I forgot there were lyrics for a minute. As a professional procrastinator, this song hit me in the feels and is a favorite of mine. I am often left running after the bus.

When I first heard “All We Know,” I was hooked immediately. The verses are hard and fast and the chorus is memorable. The transitions are tight with little riffs, not only between the verse and chorus, but throughout the verses as well. I love when the music isn’t predictable. The Snipped took the time to make this song. And if they didn’t, well the musicality behind it certainly states otherwise. 

“Roadie” is quick, so make sure you have your speakers cranked for it! I love the hardcore vibe it’s putting out. It’s a song that makes you want to just throw yourself into a pit. At only 39 seconds, it has one of the best post show soundtracks I’ve ever heard. It feels like you’re sitting at the bar with the guys. I am a huge fan of the placement of this song on their album, a small intro that sets up the second half of this banger.

Want a lesson in early turn of the century punk? Well, look no further. “Waste My Time” is a solid representation of the punk that was chart topping during that period. Most notably, this could’ve easily have been a song Strung Out put up on their An American Paradox album. This track had me yearning for the early days of hanging at the skatepark. To say that I am hooked on this style is an understatement. The song slows down and then erupts in a chorus with the rest of the guys. The chorus is a little dirty, but don’t be fooled by this statement. It is exactly what makes this song perfect.  There’s a small guitar solo near the end chorus that brought me chills when I heard it. I cannot wait for the day I see them play this song live.

When I first heard “Weight of the World,” I honestly believed it was a cover song. It messed with me, because there’s a real familiarity to it. The chorus really did trip me up. It has that late 80’s rock vibe to it and for a second I thought it could’ve been The Police or even Tom Petty…. only better. The song itself talks about how any shitty thing can throw off your whole day. So remember ladies and gents, let’s treat each other with kindness. We have no idea the weight people are carrying on their shoulders.

“Smug” is a combination of skate punk, early rock, and grunge, sprinkled with some strong vocal harmonies. I am a big fan of solos and the drums and guitars around the 2:30 mark are on point. A huge part of why I love punk is the fact that multiple genres can get thrown together and all those elements can create perfection. This song was played on repeat for most of the day. It is just that good.

The last song on the album is “Friday Night.” Wax comes in strong with the vocals, with Justin and Jeff building up on the guitar and drums. The song then breaks into this really fun drinking around the campfire melody. One of my favorite aspects of this finale is the pace of it. It’s a nice mix of rock and hardcore, but it doesn’t skew the lines. I picture the guys just having a blast when they play this. The end takes a small twist where you think it’s going to break out into a hardcore riff, but then they ease off slowly which makes the album end nicely.

Overall this album is amazing with well thought out songs. The Snipped truly are punk rock for dads, moms, uncles, and hopefully someday…. Grandpas. Like the guys in the band say, “If you’re old and have kids, gotta mow the grass, and have other responsibilities – you can still have fun.” This album certainly proves that. Link up with “Dadcore” on Facebook, IG, and listen this album on Spotify now!!!! Also, make sure you catch them on our special show episode airing on October 8th on our Punksylvania YouTube channel.

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