Cardboard Boxer make you miss skate and punk rock. Their approach is like many other rockers. However, their lyrics and feral energy during performing can be felt in their recordings. It might be almost as exciting and invigorating to hear them live. With 3 albums under their belt, this is their first single of the year, Tunnel Vision.
The way this song opens is enough to know it will be a crowd favourite. The four chord change and pocket of silence before the storm will make you go ape-shit. Listening to this band is like watching those giant Transformer robots battle. It is intensely fun, melodic and memorable. When the verse part chugs through, you’ll find yourself singing the harmonics if you’re yelling it out like me. Cardboard Boxer are what sum-41 and blink-182 brought to the table. It is an expression of the hyperbolized mind, and it is the most in-the-moment genre there might ever be. You can imagine yourself turning into a feral avatar of your best self in their live shows. The lyrics are relatable, a one-dimensional track of mind all of us have experienced. Cardboard Boxer don’t slack around-this is Vans era skate videos with their music blasting in the background.
This would fit great in some scenes of Juno (2007). The storyline and the protagonist’s love for punk make some scenes an etch in your brain. Cardboard Boxer’s Current Youth (2022) album is a refreshing look at punk through a new perspective. With blistering guitar and breakneck tempos-they will always be one reason you jump with joy.