Descendents announce new album 9th & Walnut + new single 'Baby Doncha Know'

The punk veteran's new album has been in works since 2002, but was scrapped by the band's classic lineup after the death of guitarist Frank Navetta.
Posted: 5 May 2021 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

Punk veterans Descendents have revealed details of their new album 9th & Walnut, set for release on 23rd July via Epitaph Records

The band's classic lineup of vocalist Milo Aukerman, guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo, and drummer Bill Stevenson had been working on the album since 2002, but weren't able to finish the record by the time Navetta died in 2008. 

9th & Walnut is named after the band's original rehearsal space, and aims to chronicle their garage-rock beginnings - the album features some of the four-piece's earliest written tracks including 'Ride the Wild' and 'It’s a Hectic World,' both of which were previously unreleased. 

Talking about new single 'Baby Doncha Know', Aukerman said in a recent Rolling Stone interview: "It’s Frank’s song, and a lot of Frank’s music, especially during that period, was kind of steeped in bitter resentment. So that comes out in ‘Baby Doncha Know.’ It’s kind of a harsh lyric. I think at the time my 19-year-old self was kind of like, ‘Oh, this is punk,’ and I really liked it for the fact that it was just so in-your-face, but looking back, I go, ‘Wow, that guy was pretty bitter about stuff.'”

Listen to the track below:

9th & Walnut is out on 23rd July via Epitaph Records.

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