Descendents release new album ‘9th & Walnut’

Descendents have released their latest album ‘9th & Walnut’ via Epitaph Records. Recorded in 2002, the original four-piece lineup, bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, guitarist Frank Navetta (d. 2008), and vocalist Milo Aukerman, entered the studio to finally record the songs with which they first forged their genre-defining sound.

Named for their Long Beach practice space back in the day, the 18-track collection features the bands’ earliest material written from 1977 through 1980. The collection also includes Descendents’ debut tracks ‘Ride the Wild,’ and ‘It’s a Hectic World,’ and the Dave Clark Five’s ‘Glad All Over’ with the full Descendents treatment.

The band offers the first glimpse of ‘9th & Walnut’ with ‘Baby Doncha Know.’ ’Baby Doncha Know’ was maybe the 5th song we learned,” recalls drummer Bill Stevenson“We would go out to 9th & Walnut every weekend and practice all day. I mainly just remember being in awe of how ‘a kid my age, who goes to my high school’ could have written all these cool songs. Frank seemed to have a maturity beyond his years. I never asked him who or what it was about. I was just happy to be there with him and Tony.

‘9th & Walnut’ track listing:
01. Sailor’s Choice

02. Crepe Suzette
03. You Make Me Sick
04. Lullaby
05. Nightage
06. Baby Doncha Know
07. Tired of Being Tired
08. I’m Shaky
09. Grudge
10. Mohicans
11. Like the Way I Know
12. It’s A Hectic World
13. To Remember
14. Yore Disgusting
15. It’s My Hair
16. I Need Some
17. Ride the Wild
18. Glad All Over​ (Dave Clark Five cover)

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