Formed in 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA, from the ashes of the Descendents, All originally comprised Bill Stevenson (drums), Stephen Egerton (guitar), Karl Alvarez (bass) and Dave Smalley (vocals, ex-Dag Nasty). Those familiar with the Descendents brand of poppy punk were not disappointed with this continuation of a highly successful, albeit stylized, formula (not least a lyrical concern with caffeine). Immediately they established a repertoire of tongue-in-cheek songs such as Alfredos. Irreverent and immature, Alls first two albums were as light-hearted and engaging as American punk (pre- Green Day) could be. Their distinctive sound, built on immediate, accessible guitar riffs, was soon branded pop-core in the USA, while in the UK, artists such as Mega City 4 and Neds Atomic Dustbin were obvious fans.
Scott Reynolds replaced Smalley on Allroys Revenge, a lesser work despite the...
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