Jarrod Alonge Shows “The Scene” No Mercy in Debut Comedy Album

It was only a year ago that Jarrod Alonge became a YouTube sensation with his hilarious yet surprisingly accurate “Every Pop Punk Vocalist” video. Since then, he has been recruited by Fearless Records to create a skit to cleverly announce Pop Goes Punk Volume 6’s track listing as well as named Vans Warped Tour’s 2015 Pit Reporter. After much anticipation, Jarrod is back again with a comedy album Beating A Dead Horse that attacks every crevice of “the scene” within an hour.

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Without paying close attention, the tracks sound like stereotypical tracks of their respective genres, with the final product seeming more like a record company’s artist sampler than a “Weird Al” Yankovic album. With each track being performed by a different “band” that represents the most prominent sub-genres, Jarrod Alonge takes on an impressive number of personas, ranging from the brokeNCYDE-esque, crunkcore $wagCh0de to the metalcore Cannibal Corpse spoof Vermicide Violence. The songs are believable, with instrumentals and vocal inflections perfectly imitating those of their targeted genres.

Each track is intricate, with direct references made to specific songs and groups. “Hey Jarrod, What’s That Song Again?” (the title itself being a direct shot at The Devil Wears Prada’s “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?”) is a mashup of nearly twenty songs from artists most known to his fan base, including Escape the Fate, A Day to Remember, Underoath, Sleeping With Sirens, and Bring Me The Horizon. “Goodbye Baltimore” targets the pop punk scene, notably reigning from Baltimore (All Time Low) and Philadelphia (Man Overboard, The Wonder Years) with a flute solo that may very well be a nod to Matt Mulholland’s recorder solo of “My Heart Will Go On.”

Jarrod’s songs resemble a stand-up comedy act, mocking each respective artist and style relentlessly and with undeniable accuracy. Pop Punk Skater Kids ridicule the khaki-wearing, pizza-loving pop punk crowd being misunderstood in their suburban town. Amidst The Grave’s Demons “Save My Life” is a stereotypical post-hardcore track that lightly pokes at the genre’s consistent theme of the bands being their fans’ inspiration and guidance.

The album is quirky and indulgent. Jarod Alonge revamps the notion of a spoof album by shaping his original songs around the genres themselves instead of reworking one specific track. The result is a fifteen-piece collection accurately depicting, and ridiculing, what ‘the scene’ is today, as well as an album that is enjoyable, diverse, and humorous even without understanding every hidden reference. Beating a Dead Horse highlights the clever puns that made Jarrod an internet sensation while modernizing the musical comedy genre with a strategic and commendably well-executed approach.

Listen to Jarrod Alonge’s nod to Philly in the slightly ridiculous track “Goodbye Baltimore” below and stream the full album on his YouTube channel here.

Featured Image occurs at 0:34 of “How To Be Pop Punk” via YouTube

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