by GE 138.
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? 😁