Audio Reviews
Learn the Hard Way
by The Copyrights
Red Scare Records (2008)
Learn the Hard Way
8 / 10
If you are unfamiliar with Illinois' best power-pop-punkers (and probably the world's second best, behind the Ergs, of course) then you've missed out on three fantastic full-lengths and a couple great EPs. The prolific Copyrights bring us their fourth album less than a year since they dropped their previous one, Make Sound, also on Red Scare Records (and they also recently self-released a split CD with Chicago's Methadones). For most bands this would border on overkill, but the Copyrights' infectious hooks, anthemic choruses, and cheeky lyrics combine to create some of the most fun rock music going today.

It's so simple and that's part of what makes it so great. Nobody is attempting to rewrite the book on catchy poppy punk here because that book would be stupid and boring. Nobody would read that book. The pop-punkers want their books full of action, love gone awry, snide humor, degenerate friends, self-deprecation, and a solid fuck off attitude to those who take themselves too seriously. Learn the Hard Way is like another solid issue of some 20-something's zine full of stories about his shitty boss, his stupid friends, fun road trips, reviews of amazing basement shows, and top ten lists about why ALL is just as good, if not better than, the Descendents.

The Copyrights try to come off like they don't know what they're doing...

"We brought knives to a gunfight, we’re in over our heads
There’s one in the chamber and all eyes seeing red
With switchblades blazing, we found a way out
Just keep on stabbing in the dark"

...but they're full of shit. They've mastered the sing-along chorus and the powerful hooks to keep the kids screaming every song. Another solid effort from a band you probably won't have to wait too long to hear more from.
Posted by: Mike Riley

Audio Reviews (July 15th, 2008)