Written by Karl Bakla.
I might be the worst person to review this… I think Guttermouth sucks, & I could never get into bands like No Use For A Name, Strung Out, Unwritten Law, Pennywise, or 88 Fingers Louie. Just throwing that out there so you know where I am coming from… Even with my bias against "Melodic Hardcore" I have to admit, I was very pleased when I heard the first song Dead On Arrival, & I continued to enjoy the album until I got to the fifth song Get Help!. You got to give them props for trying to vary shit, but I am from the school of thought of, 'don’t mess with success'. Get Help! Is Guilty By Association’s "Hardcore" song, which tackles the issue of wanting to commit suicide. I found this song a bit dumb, but it is only 43 seconds long, so it is over before you know it. Luckily by the sixth song GBA returns with Another Day, which is one of my favorite songs on the album. Sadly, this is followed by the worst song on the album, Music Doesn’t Have To Suck. Fuck, I hate this song! I haven’t decided if the lyrics sound like one of my old coworkers belly aching about modern music, or a dumb 16 year old trying to be shocking to only come off sounding like an asshole ... "Justin Bieber suck my dick! Beyonce licks Jay-Z’s balls! These worthless hacks, no talent at all." Oh well, this review isn’t being written for Punks in Vegas, so I can share these thoughts.
When I flipped this LP over I found the second side to be more solid, & I especially appreciated the cover of the Billy Joel tune It’s Still Rock n Roll To Me. As I listened to the songs I couldn’t help but think that these guys would have been huge in the mid 90’s. People who went to the Huntridge & saw Pennywise opening up for Bad Religion would have eaten this shit up. If you like that whole Epitaph / Fat Wreck Chords sound of the 90’s, then this is a safe bet for you!
CD's available to purchase from Squid Hat Records by clicking here. I don't think it's available on vinyl anymore but you can ask. Ask about the digital download as well. ;-) The CD is also available from the band at every single gig they play, and that's a lot, because they play all the time. "Like" Guilty By Association on Facebook by clicking here.
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