The Punk Rocking Swedes Tear Them Down Rip Through The Downfall of Mankind on Dystopian Beats


4.5 out of 5 stars

Tear Them Down has a new album coming out this Friday, May 27th, 2022 called Dystopian Beats, and it is a high-energy, half-hardcore/half-pop-punk banger.

For those who are fans of Turnstile, I think you will like a handful of songs (if not all of them). Also, there are some other bands that sort of bleed through the influences here like Ramones, Rancid, and even Green Day to some extent. 

The band is from Gothenburg, Sweden, but all the songs are in English. The album is bursting with post-apocalyptic angst - basically assuming our demise is imminent.

They have put out music pretty regularly since around 2010, and they are pretty polished.

There is something about “the future is now” type of music and lyrics that I just really enjoy, especially when it comes from a band in Europe. Ideologically, the songs remind me of something like Radiohead, but in a ratty, punk rock sound.

“Kyoto Nightmare” is one of the stand out songs on the album for me. It sounds a lot like a Rancid song from the late 90’s.

“Victimized” is the next song on the album, and it is very Turnstile-like in my opinion. In a very good way. I can just imagine the song being played live and everyone going apeshit during it. It’s got a really cool heavy thumping breakdown that would get bodies moving. It’s also short, sweet, and to the point.

“As We Go Down” might be the most single-ready song on the whole album. It is a damn anthem, in my opinion. It is my personal favorite song as well.

Also, I really like the music videos that the band has put together for their songs so far on this album.

The first one “Brown Bag” is about an anxiety attack, and the second one for “Wasting” is a cocaine-fueled short comedy.

The newest single and music video is for "This Won't End Well" which is another pretty rad song and good music video. Probably the most on the head video as it is just a straightforward, fast-tempo punk banger with a live performance style video pumping up a small crowd of rage-ready punks.

The last song on the album, “Thrill of Death,” has a ska riff ripping through it which was a bit out of left field, but it actually works pretty well. It is just a bit unexpected compared to the rest of the album.

This album is quite good even if you aren’t into hardcore punk, because it has a little something for everyone - hard where it needs to be, more poppy where it fits.

I would love to see these guys live. Their music rips. Go check out this album when it hits the streams, and I think you will agree.

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