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How Dare You

How Dare You: The King, The Clown, And the ColonelThe King, The Clown, And the Colonel (2011)
Anchorless Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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This is a grower. Not that How Dare You's The King, The Clown, And the Colonel is exercising any significant stylistic shift for the Florida-based, gruff-punk outfit; rather, picking up directly where their split with the Knockdown left off, the shortened song structure and loss of their obvious .
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This is a grower.

Not that How Dare You's The King, The Clown, And the Colonel is exercising any significant stylistic shift for the Florida-based, gruff-punk outfit; rather, picking up directly where their split with the Knockdown left off, the shortened song structure and loss of their obvious post-hardcore tendencies leave their uplifting slogans somewhat vulnerable to criticism. The extended interludes and dynamic jam sessions on their debut, Comfort Road, gave their songs loads of character, despite some finding it suspect. But if you give TK,TC,ATC some time, hopefully you'll be dazzled by How Dare You's ability to write a huge chorus with their own unique sense of energy.

In fact, it's the word "energy" that best summarizes the effect of the first half. After the opener "Hardships" puts the record in context with Comfort Road, this side progressively speeds up. Never blistering by any means, but enough to make a solid, upbeat punk rock tune. "Horizon" puts one of those great choruses into practice, but with the repetition of "you better run, run, run" coming dangerously close to questionable.

The second half goes by pretty quickly, only choosing to steady towards the final three songs. The closer, the No Division-esque "Unions", doesn't hesitate to let itself breathe and flow naturally. At the risk of sounding redundant, the rest of TK,TC,ATC suffers from not being as expansive as a song like "Unions".

But maybe I'm expecting too much from just a modest punk rock band like How Dare You. There really aren't any frills or strings to be attached on The King, The Clown, And the Colonel, and if you just want a comfortable record to throw on this summer, this is probably a safe bet.

 

 
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AK3punk (May 22, 2011)

Really enjoying the shit out of this album right now. What surprise this was, I can't believe I had never heard of this band before...

exitenglish1208 (May 20, 2011)

i loved comfort road after i got into it a few months ago, but then the stuff on the split was really underwhelming, but this album definitely delivers, i love it.

GarrettIrish (May 20, 2011)

It's a pretty different record. I don't think it has as many stand out songs as the last album, but at the same time none of it is really bad. It's a great album to throw on in the car for some summer driving.

I do agree though that it doesn't stand out as much, except the closer.

PaulPendley (May 20, 2011)

I like this record a lot. x4starsx

Dycelot (May 20, 2011)

definitely deserves a higher rating. the "throwdowns" on their first record were questionable at best and they make up for it on this record by strengthening their melodies. comfortable has its place in an entire days music listening, and you won't find a better record to fill it's respective slot

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