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Personal and the Pizzas - Diet, Crime & Delinquency [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Personal and the Pizzas

Personal and the Pizzas: Diet, Crime & Delinquency [7-inch]Diet, Crime & Delinquency [7-inch] (2011)
Oops Baby! Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: JohnGentileJohnGentile
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While Personal and the Pizzas may have once been a "gimmick band," on their latest EP, Diest, Crime & Delinquency, they prove that the gimmick is now irrelevant. While P + the P's earliest recordings were a tribute to the Stooges and Ramones, borrowing liberally from the riffs (and photography) o.


While Personal and the Pizzas may have once been a "gimmick band," on their latest EP, Diest, Crime & Delinquency, they prove that the gimmick is now irrelevant.

While P + the P's earliest recordings were a tribute to the Stooges and Ramones, borrowing liberally from the riffs (and photography) of both bands, they never quite seemed to be merely an appreciate circle. Rather, it seemed that through self-aware aping, they were trying to harness the golden age of '70s rock where bands kicked out the jams, but were supported by solid songwriting.

Diet, Crime & Delinquency does just that. The band has evolved to the point where their songs can't necessary be pinned down to a particular influence. But, as the band cuts through the energetic tune supported by a siren-like riff that allows their gang vocals to come crashing down in a mix of bravado and sloppiness. Interestingly, because the band is so concerned with keeping rhythm amongst the rapid guitar slashing, the circular chorus almost echos back to the Newbeats' "Bread and Butter."

The A-side's second track, "Brain Damage," might be the best song the band has recorded to date. Although it's simple in construction, through clanging guitar tone and vocals that start way above the music only to submerge by the end, the band announces how they hope to get permanently injured. Like the Ramones, the call to self destruction masks desperation with a joyous delivery, giving simple lines multiple levels.

"Bored Out of My Brains", the B-side, features the band further exploring the AM side of the dial, as was hinted on by their last seven-inch Dead Meat. Supported by a heavily thumbed acoustic riff and carried with an airy electric guitar rhythm, the band creates a sunny sound that allows the band to keep their "tough guy" image despite the relative softness of the song's sound.

While gimmick bands often find themselves trapped by what drew them attention in the first place, it seems that Personal and the Pizzas are able to circumvent this roadblock. Their gimmick might have made them noticeable, but it's not the core of their identity, and it's certainly not what makes them special. That would be their ability to masterfully write songs in the classic formula while sounding fresh.

 

 
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dodger (December 18, 2011)

I hear Turbonegro. Not just a little.

Dante3000 (December 16, 2011)

I think what John is saying in regards to the "gimmick band" it's that they don't rely on the gimmick. It's there, but even without it they make good music. Like Black Fag solely exists to make gay songs. That's it, they rely on source material and a joke. These guys still have a schtick but they're still making it new and interesting

youaredumb (December 16, 2011)

First off, I absolutely love this band. But this review is dead wrong. They are still gimmicky as fuck and they do it on purpose, obviously. You didn't think the almost one minute of Personal speaking in a faux jersey accent and talking about how everyone should smoke, drink, fight and eat pizza so everyone could be as cool as them wasn't gimmicky? Okay.

As far as not ripping off Stooges riffs anymore, true - on this release anyway, but the title track is the exact same riff as the verses/chorus of "Bad Brain" by the Ramones. Note for note.

Anyways, I agree that the gimmick isn’t what make these guys special, because they write some of the most fucking ripping rock and roll songs EVER. Especially with “Brain Damage” on this release. Too good. Best and most fun band going today. Better than any over hyped beard punk band on this site.

palpitations101 (December 16, 2011)

Brown SUUGAHH!! Just Likah Iah knewah youah would..aHHH!

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