And that’s pretty much what Sass Dragons’ Bonkaroo! sounds like. The album is 16 tracks of ranting and raving over spastic pop punk. You could compare it to The Dwarves, The Queers, and/or Screeching Weasel if you like. But mostly it just sounds like dudes going insane from smoking too much weed and working too many shitty jobs. Luckily, Sass Dragons are the kind of guys who don’t mellow out on marijuana. Nay, they get super, super amped. Like rob a bank and then eat an entire cheesecake and then make love to the sun amped.
Bonkaroo!’s best tracks are about work and its associated suckiness. Album opener “Explode Alamode” is pretty catchy with its bass-heavy verses and distorted power chords chorus. “Workhorse” is another stand-out, with its goofy “Boo chicka ow” vocal opening. “’Cause it’s so boring to be at work on time / I’d much rather work from noon til one instead of nine to five” goes the chorus, and I pretty much agree.
But while Sass Dragons make some rough but catchy pop punk, Bonkaroo! gets a little old near the end. Much like your ninth beer, you can’t really appreciate the taste anymore. Still, though, the record is only a half hour, so it’s not too oppressive or repetitive length wise. Plus, there are some memorable songs buried in the mix.