Thumper Punk Records’ self-described “alternative punk” band Christ’s Sake return with their second release We All Fall Down and with it bring some changes to their sound. The Santa Cruz, California band references the Orange County punk sound and has all the right punk influences listed that go along with that sound, including the Germs, pre-Rollins Black Flag, Descendents, Social Distortion, Adolescents, and TSOL. The roots of Christ’s Sake also fall in line with singer and founder Lance Hendren and drummer Vince Morales formerly being members of the Huntington Beach band OCA.
Christ’s Sake first album (Christ’s Sake) was a bit of surprise for me in terms of sound as the band has a rather unique harmonized vocal arrangements and the music leaned more toward indie rock and alternative than punk. We All Fall Down starts out in a decidedly different vein, with “Love Love” as it’s certainly a punk rock song complete with somewhat snotty tone in the vocals and an aggressive, rough guitar tone that clashes a bit with the harmonized vocals. Subject matter is a shot aimed toward Christians who really don’t display the love of Christ, so the lyrics fit as well. While the vocals may not be for everyone, they do work and make the sound a bit unique. What I like in this song and in other songs on the album especially in the verses are hints of Jello Biafra sounds here and there as that adds significantly to the punk feel.