Assembled from the ashes of the SoCal skate-punk scene, This Legend is comprised of some of the genre’s best. Founded by former Yellowcard drummer Longineu “LP” Parsons III, and guitarist Ben Harper, This Legend marks the duo’s first musical reunion in nearly ten years. At the suggestion of Warped Tour compatriot El Hefe--aka, the guitarist of a little punk band called NOFX--LP and Harper recruited Chris Castillo as their lead singer, along with former Craig’s Brother/Hey Mike! member Steven Neufeld, now slappin da bass.
This Legend’s first album, It’s In The Streets, released on Hefe’s label Cybertracks in November 2014. In the opening song, “Lyrics With My Pen”, Castillo makes it clear that
This Legend intends on reviving 00’s era melodic-punk: “Shut up and take this / Cause I’ll never stop / It’s not too late / Just make it or not”. Although songs like “Holiday From Crazy” and “Skin and Bones” carry on the musical traditions of Blink 182 and Lagwagon, It’s in the Streets feels less like a pop-punk time capsule, and more like a reinvention of the genre.
“My City” and “Get Fast”, while examples of the band’s superior musical skills, embody the evolution of modern punk rock--likely influenced by the album’s producer, Sam Pura, known for his work with The Story So Far. Full of angst and intensity, incorporating dark overtones and heavy breakdowns, much of It’s in the Streets is a welcome departure from pop- punk’s typically upbeat nature.
The members of This Legend have certainly paid there dues, travelled the road, and witnessed the rise and fall of mainstream pop-punk, but with such a stellar lineup, perhaps these line lifted from “My City” prove there’s still hope for the future of melodic punk-rock: “House shows every fucking week / Yeah sure the future’s bleak / But our hope will guide us”.