Do you like Bomb The Music Industry!? Do you like PUP? Do you like Weezer? Do you like WEED? If you answered any of those questions, you should probably go put on I Thought You Didn’t Even Like Leaving by Prince Daddy & The Hyena. Hailing from Albany, NY, the four piece has been ripping it up in the DIY circuit since the release of their two tapes, Skip Cutscenes! Blow Loud! and Adult Summers, which we loved. After signing with emo super label of sorts, Broken World Media, the group really started picking up speed.
Simply put, I Thought You Didn’t Even Like Leaving somehow pulls off being a total fucking blast, while still tugging at the heartstrings. From the driving title track to the all too easy to relate to album closer, Really?, P Daddy takes no breaks. The album boasts nine brand spankin’ new tracks, as well as clean sounding re recordings of two old songs, Brocker Cheddlie, and Nika’s Got it Wrong. Clocking in at just under a half hour long, there is never a dull moment on this thing.
Let’s talk about the instrumentals on this record for a minute. RIFFS baby. Punchy drums, driving bass lines, absolutely fantastic guitar work. While the vocals and lyrics make this a stellar pop punk record, the instrumentals really drive it home. Insanely catchy, memorable melodies. Hot DAMN, those ripping solos. Loud as hell. They never quit. Fun, fun, and more fun.
All jokes aside, I Thought You Didn’t Even Like Leaving is just flat out great. I mean, it is mainly a pop punk record, so right off the bat, it might not be for everyone. Who knows, the slack rock sounding songs might be for you, and odds are, you are going to connect with something on this record. Let me tell you though, the brutal honesty in the lyrics and overall fun that this band is is going to pull you in, without question.
These boys are gonna be huge. Peep the music video for the cut “Hundo Pos” below, and trust me, go see them live. You’ll love it.