A bunch of old Punk guys from bands like Pears, Street Dogs, Scorpios, and The Gamits, get together to embrace and celebrate their inner 70's geek and put out an album full of sickly sweet afternoon delight vocals and catchy vapid Emo sounding songs all played at 120 bpm ala Thelma Houston or Donna Summer guaranteed to keep the dance floor moving. Ugh. This album from Bandaid Brigade is well produced, well mixed and all that, but all the songs on here sound like a 70's TV show theme song and since I actually had to live through this 70's shit before, the band's emulating of this craptacular music of that time period on this release does absolutely fuck all for me. This album called I'm Separate could easily be mistaken for one of those late night 'Best of the 70's' compilations or for one of those 70's golden hits mix CD's you find at a truck stop in South Dakota at 3 in the morning, and that my friend is not a good thing. I'm not hip enough or young enough or naive enough to see the irony or the creative expressionism going on with this release from Bandaid Brigade. It sucks. Hard pass.
This is the first Tsunami Bomb release in a really long time, since 2004's The Definitive Act release, and a lot has been going on in the bands wicked little world, which I don't even wanna get into. I don't care who is singing, and I don't care who is in the band. Bite me. Tsunami Bomb are a long running female fronted Punk Rock band, and by Punk Rock I mean Avril Lavigne, Evanescence, Good Charlotte, WARPed Tour type of Punk Rock bands, who put out a bunch of stuff, toured incessantly, went through a revolving door of band members coming and going and coming back again and after an really ugly public breakup I guess some version of their many past lineups got back together with a new singer and other new band members to reunite / cash in and to make this album called The Spine That Binds because they either had something to say or a mortgage payment to make, I'm not sure of which. AND they got Alternative Tentacles to pay for it all, which is... a bit weird, to say the least. The interwebz is all aflutter about Tsunami Bomb and this release, saying that it's either the greatest thing they've ever done or the shittiest thing they've ever done, but I'm listening with neutral ears and taking this release standing all on it's own because again, I don't care about anything they did before, I'm only concerned with what they're doing now. I tried giving this CD a chance, listening to it a few times from beginning to end, and it's just chock full of everything I thought it would be full of - safe, sedate, non threatening, overtly sweet pop Punk tunes that would sound perfect being played over the house speakers in any Hot Topic boutique in any mall in any town any where. Now I know where Ministry Of Love got their sound from. 😉This stuff does nothing for me, couldn't find a song I liked on here, and that song Last Call is a clean rip off of another song that escapes me at the moment. It'll come to me later. I mean, this is some well produced stuff, the singer's are great, it sounds good when played loud, and if I was some 30 year old scenester fawning over the 90's when music was real and good and meant something, then I guess I'd be into this release from Tsunami Bomb, but as it is, I'll pass. It's not that its not good, it's just that it's not for me, and that's about as nicely as I can put it.
Released by Alternative Tentacles, and it's available on their website by clicking here. Better grab that turquoise colored vinyl quickly before it's gone. The Spine That Binds is available digitally on the Tsunami Bomb Bandcamp page - click here to get it that way. You can also check it out on Spotify - click here, and it's available wherever Punk Rock is processed and packaged and presented as the valuable product that it has sadly become. Follow Tsunami Bomb on Instagram (click here) and like them on Facebook by clicking here.
by GE 138
N.J. Pete has been keeping busy with his free time now that Unfair Fight has (officially?) called it quits. In between practicing his judo chops on willing victims or drinking pints down at the pub with a few of his mates, he set up a recording studio in his house he named Red Rüm and started a one man band / musical project that he called Fools Errand and put out a self titled release last year that I refused to listen to because of the drummer solo album law, which states that if a drummer puts out a solo album, it's pretty much guaranteed that it's going to suck. All my favorite drummers fell victim to the curse, Keith Moon, Peter Criss, Topper Headon, Bill Ward, their solo stuff stunk to high Heaven, so as a rule I avoid listening to any solo musical endeavors from drummers like the plague, and I only listened to this release by mistake! ha ha ha I forgot it was Pete's thing, and somebody sent me a link to it, and I listened to it, liked it, went to the Fools Errand Bandcamp page and went oh snapz! It's mah boy Pete's band! and so I gave it a listen and it's pretty good. Reminds me of Bishops Green, Bouncing Souls, Arresting Officers, Slapshot, you get it. It's rough, tough, well structured hard hitting Oi! flavored tuneage that I believe Pete plays every instrument for, as well as all vocal work too!! Nice! The songs on here are catchy, lots of singalong vocal stuff and fast rocking thick power riffs and chords, and if I didn't know better I'd swear that the first song on here is a song Tony Batz and I wrote a million years ago that's now reworked, but I digress. Pete did a great job mixing this. It sounds good in my car, on my stereo, blasting from my computer monitors, and even on the boombox in my bathroom that I listen to stuff on when I'm in the shower. I really dig that A New Fight song, as well as the bonus track that I assume only comes on the Bandcamp page called Dead Inside, both outstanding examples of how good this stuff is from Fools Errand. This release is supposedly gonna be released on clear vinyl sometime soon but I have yet to see it *cough cough*. Anyways, check out this release from Fools Errand, the latest musical endeavor from the multi talented, fresh smelling, kind to his mother human entity known as N.J. Pete. Who knew drummers could actually be talented? 😁
Billing themselves as a 'desert surfing trio' from Las Vegas, the Desert Island Boys play an rudimentary style of surf music meshed with stoner doom metal riffs and avant-garde jazz runs with an occasional outburst of some ska licks thrown in just to fuck with you and it's all topped with some nasally ass whiny vocals and terrible rhyme schemes to bring it all home in one very bad Dead Milkmen-ish package. This band is at the forefront of bands breaking out of the backyard party circuit here in Vegas, where things like originality or tight musical performances are not as much of a priority as recycling riffs or partying and jamming on some tasty tunes with your friends is. Apathetic? Maybe. Doesn't mean that it can't be good, not everything has to be so serious ya know, and while for the most part this album is pretty much heavy reverb stoner surf jam filler, which I'm pretty sure sounds great after a few Natty Ice's and some righteous and tasty dabs from the bong, there are a few standout tracks on here which gives me hope for the future of this band. Brewsing is pretty catchy, Mooch Gooch is interesting, and Atomic would be great if it had words to it. It's one of 3 or 4 instrumentals the band threw on this release, either because they like instrumentals or because they got too fucked up and couldn't write lyrics to them. Either or, this self-titled release from the Desert Island Boys is a good step towards establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with here in the Vegas scene. While not my cup of tea I don't hate it, which I guess says something, right? Right! 😎
Available from Asteroid M Records. Digitally available from the Desert Island Boys Bandcamp page by clicking here. You can check this release out on Soundcloud (click here) and Spotify (click here). The band has a YouTube page as well (click here). Go figure. "Like" the band on Facebook by clicking here, and follow them on Instagram by clicking here.
Written by GE 138.
I hate having to do this, having to review a release by a band I was deeply involved in, because it's never going to end good. You know I'm gonna say that it sucks! LOL I mean, I devote my time, come up with the drum parts, help develop the guitar riffs, give the songs a structure (sometimes even inspiring and contributing song lyrics and ideas), give the band a solid place to practice for free, record and mix endless hours of rehearsals and spin them into MP3's that nobody listens to, and for all that work do you think I'd get a shout out or some sort of acknowledgement as to my contribution to the band or to the songs now comprised of a CD that they want me to review? Nope, not one concilitary word... hahaha Oh well. It's great to have such amazingly good friends in your life, right? So with that in mind, let's get into this release from Lean 13 called Drinking In The Parking Lot. Ugh. A terrible title but apt for this group of lazy borrachos. And the cover photo was taken in front of The Dive bar too... LAME!! 🤢
I tried to pawn this CD off on Bob to review like I did the last time this situation came up, but all he turned in was his usual "this is terrible the demos recorded in the front room sound better" BS and in this case I'm inclined to believe him. I mean, this CD, its well recorded and all that, mix is a bit bass/drum heavy, but whatever, but everything on here sounds terribly slow and uninspired, almost forced. It's sterile. There's no "pop", no feeling of life, no excitement, except for Hey Where You From? - that song came out surprisingly good - it rips, but everything else on here? Meh. Plus the Bingo Billy thing bothers me a lot. All the drum tracks on here were played by Bingo Billy (RIP) but you'd never know that by what's written on the liner notes inside of the CD. It says the drums were played by the new guy Scott but I know that's not the case. Why the lie? No idea. Bingo Billy was a member of Lean 13 when he died (he replaced me) and why they didn't think to Honor their deceased ex-bandmates last musical contribution to this world and our little scene here in Vegas is mind blowing but whatever. That's on them, not me. And I'm not gonna get into the whole "these are S.F.T. songs" debate because there's no debate on it - they are! LOL I was in S.F.T. long enough to know that 80% of the songs on ths release are previous S.F.T. songs, songs that were played live and everything, songs going all the way back to 2014 (I got the practice MP3's to prove it! 😂) so again, why the band didn't give credit where credit was due to their friends and previous bandmates Tom and Brian, aka The Jones Brothers in the album credits is mind blowingly weak. Ugh. These assholes... I love them! 🤣🤣🤣
Speaking of Love, I love hearing other drummers try to play my drum lines. They never do it right. I can play theirs all day perfectly but they can never cover mine, and I wish Bingo Billy was still around so I could rib him on how badly he played all my drum lines on this CD - except for the song Masturbation Is Murder. I don't know where that one came from. It's an actual new song I know nothing about... ha ha I've been listening to this CD on repeat ad nauseum and can't find the silver lining on this dark cloud of musical desperation and total and complete dick your friends over weaksauce. All I can see is the missed potential in all of these songs and all I can hear is the "what could of been" all over this release from Lean 13. I'm not saying it's not good, maybe it is, I dunno, all I'm saying is that I don't like it and I don't think I'll be listening to it more than I have to. I don't think it's very good at all. It's amateurish. It's high school backyard kegger party level of musical aspirations, which is fine and dandy if you're some stupid kid with patches sewn all over your clothing and spouting off stupid shit like "Up da Punx" while hanging out at Cash 4 Chaos and posing. If you're that kid you'll like this CD, but if you're old enough to vote or buy booze, well then maybe you won't... ha ha ha ha It's pretty "Punk Rock"... whether that's a good thing or not is entirely up to you and your maturity level. 😎
At the beginning I said I was the wrong guy to review this, but to paraphrase Darby Crash a little bit, they wanted a onethirtyeight.org review, they got it. Hope it was everything you expected and less! Salud! ☠
Available from Infinite Strength Records by clicking here. Digitally available on Spotify by clicking here. You can buy the Drinking In The Parking Lot album on Amazon Japan by clicking here. Like Lean 13 on Facebook by clicking here. Follow the band on Instagram by clicking here. Listen to a couple of the early demos from the album on the Lean 13 Bandcamp page by clicking here.