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The Capitalist Kids - Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene [12-inch] (Cover Artwork)

The Capitalist Kids

The Capitalist Kids: Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene [12-inch]Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene [12-inch] (2012)
Toxic Pop Records

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It's interesting, if not a little weird, listening a band that simultaneously takes influence from Screeching Weasel and its ilk, and yet hates Screeching Weasel (or at least Ben Weasel) so thoroughly. Such is the dichotomy on display on the Capitalist Kids' Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene. Su.
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It's interesting, if not a little weird, listening a band that simultaneously takes influence from Screeching Weasel and its ilk, and yet hates Screeching Weasel (or at least Ben Weasel) so thoroughly. Such is the dichotomy on display on the Capitalist Kids' Lessons on Love, Sharing, and Hygiene. Sure, the group draws equally from the likes of the Mr. T Experience (Dr. Frank Portman even gets a shout out in the liner notes) and MxPx.

"Weasel," a critique of the SW frontman for that one time he made everybody feel awkward, is one of several catchy pop-punk songs found on the record. It's also indicative of something else: The Capitalist Kids remembered that they could write Ramonescore pop-punk tunes that didn't have to be about girls. "Socialism Ain't a Dirty Word" and "Never Fear, Capitalism is Here!" cover politics, as does "I Dreamed I Saw Phils Ochs Last Night," a pseudo-Billy Bragg cover.

Sure, the Kids sing songs about hooking and/or breaking up as well, but they bring a little diversity to the mix. They even drop an epic onslaught in the outro for "Three-Oh." While they're based in a tried 'n' true formula, the Capitalist Kids throw in the occasional left turn.

That said, this record is still Ramonescore pop-punk. The formula can only be stretched so far, and while the Kids take things in semi-new directions, they still don't reinvent the style. That means the nerdy leanings and repetitive vocal lines that plague the genre overall still apply here. The Kids still do it better than most, but compared to Teenage Bottlerocket and Mean Jeans, they've still got some growing up to do.

 

 
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new_wave (October 18, 2012)

These idiots don't know the first thing about free-market economics. Socialism... lol

slymer (October 17, 2012)

I dig this album a lot.

mcflynnthm (October 16, 2012)

Great band, love this album. Definitely worth checking out.

MN_DrNick (October 16, 2012)

Also, this is in my top five pop punk releases from this year along with Mean Jeans, Sonic Avenues, Braver, and Masked Intruder.

Sorry, Teenage Bottlerocket. Love "Freak Out", but it kinda pales in comparison to these five bands this year.

MN_DrNick (October 16, 2012)

Wish Jelone mentioned that this band includes the two remaining members of the Anchor.

Finally listened to this one this past weekend. Album rules.

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