Debt Neglector from Florida put out their first record last year on Smartpunk Records called “Atomicland.”, a 12 track album filled with punchy pop-punk tunes that are a level above the usual clones coiled springs of the genre. The band produces a slightly heavier more edgy sound with tuneful melodies, writing about real subject matters such as racism and depression they have hit the ground running in a short space of time. Having gained experience from their previous bands New Mexican Disaster Squad, No Friends, Gatorface and Eavesdropper, they all contribute to the party which can be heard coming through on the albums sound.
Heavy beats and melodic riffs introduce you to the title track “Atomicland” harmonies sprinkled around the chorus is a good opener and a taste of what’s to come. Although there is a pop-punk theme running through the album, the vocal stays away from the whinny screech reminiscing of a toddler having an accident with a zipper that seems to be churned out far too readily today. The slightly deeper edged vocal can be heard complimenting songs such as “On the Brink” and “Thoughts & Prayers” with some great fretwork and isolated drum beats where the band are a little more imaginative in the arrangements. “Extended Checkout” and “Gimme Relief” have a more menacing feel and this I think is when Debt Neglector are at their best on this album, they create a more individual sound that has more substance and bite.
Debt Neglector have a foot in two camps when it comes to sound, their pop-punk credentials are never far away, but there heavier beats emerge from the shadows now and then on this album to show they might just be saving up for a rainy day and have more in the bank than you think.