Just when you thought you’d never find yourself non-ironically shouting “Yeehaw!”, Demotivational Speaker comes along to change your mind. Get ready to slip on those neon jelly bracelets, because Yeehaw!’s latest album sounds just like junior high school. True to its title, the LP is tightly wound with demotivating lyrics. It’s a fresher brand of pop punk—not just the angst-ridden flavor of groups like Modern Baseball—and veers on the side of erratic and gritty garage-rock. The hand-drawn album cover adds a certain charm, especially when it comes down to the staggeringly unfinished quality of the songs. In a sort of aversion to wholeness, there are plenty of rough edges in Demotivational Speaker. But the roughness doesn’t detract completely from your ability to enjoy the album. For those who aren’t fans of pop punk, the genre can come off as overwhelmingly gloomy and rushed. Yeehaw!, however, manages to inject likability into even the grungiest of songs. “Pixie,” for example, dials back the heavy lyrics and sets them to an even-paced guitar, with an upbeat rhythm and a catchy, simple chorus. It’s more pop than punk, although Dylan Ewen and Matt Politoski’s dueling vocals verge on falling apart in the call-and-response chorus. The song “Alternative Rock” embraces its title and is a caricature of the pop punk genre itself with its spitfire lyrics that embody the “I hate my town, hate my friends” spirit often found throughout the genre, all while overlaying aggressive drums. Perfect for moshing flannel-clad teenagers, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser at live shows. Overall, Demotivational Speaker is a morose, slightly sloppy release from Yeehaw!. Some tracks feel rushed, penned at full speed ahead to pack more minutes into the LP. It’s a good album to play in the background as you drive around running errands, or really, as you perform any mundane task; it underscores the persistent misery in our everyday lives. Album Review: Yeehaw! - Demotivational SpeakerProsReality packed into the sadnessHas some catchy, upbeat tracksMissing something, like all of us areConsAs a whole, feels rushedToo harsh a reminder of middle schoolRough edges unattended to6.5Sad CowboysShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Z April 21, 2015 Those aren’t the lyrics to that song Reply Anna Marketti April 22, 2015 Hey there- you’re right, they aren’t the lyrics to that song, thanks for catching that! They were included to signify the feeling those kind of lyrics carry and how common they are in the pop punk genre, they weren’t intended to read as lyrics from the actual song. I apologize for any mix up, it’s been edited for clarity! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.