Dorkcore 101 (+The 102nd Song) by Kevin and the Bikes Review


I don’t even know what to say about this. It’s an Ed, Edd, n Eddy meme album that is nearly 4 hours long with over 100 tracks (over 4 hours including the bonus song). A lot of noise rock, experimental rock, indie, punk, spoken word, post-hardcore, straight up harsh noise, comedy rock. And it’s honestly not that great… but it is great (somehow).

I laughed at dozens of parts over the course of the album, whether it was lyrics, podcasts, or the absurdity of the idea (Chunky Puffs still gets a good chuckle out of me, even after several listens). I enjoyed dozens of tracks on this album. The guys actually write pretty great noise rock and I honestly think that the meme status of the album benefited the song-writing in the end.

While more serious albums have the pressure of being serious and good, I think that a meme album avoids these expectations. As the group says on the album, the album is “shit”. Even though the album is done for fun and laughs, I think that taking these expectations away and leaving the group to experiment with their own ideas is genuinely a good approach to song-writing.

And I think that the 4+ hour run-time works to the album’s benefit. Because for how long it is, it never actually feels like it is that long. Compared to some 40 minute albums from this year (like Ventura by Anderson .Paak, which I just reviewed earlier today), this album is a breeze. While 10 minutes with Ventura feels like an hour, an hour with Dorkcore 101 feels like 10 minutes.

And the 102nd Song (which I used to cap off the album as a bonus track) is extremely enjoyable harsh noise. Heavy, noisy, and experimental… as noise music should be. And this is coming from someone who loves The Gerogerigegege, Kazumoto Endo, Incapacitants, and Hanatarash.

Literally my album of the year as of the day that I am posting this. A meme album is my current AOTY. But goddamn it is hard to ignore the fact that this album is genuinely good and enjoyable.


CONCLUSION:

Dorkcore 101 is the greatest experimental noise rock album of all time about Kevin from Ed, Edd, n Eddy released in 2019. Of all time.

9/10 – Amazing

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