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The Washdown

The Washdown: The WashdownThe Washdown (2002)
Lookout Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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This review could be one sentence long: "If you like The Hives and The International Noise Conspiracy and can't get enough of that garage rock, you will like The Washdown." I guess I'll say a little more. The first thing I noticed upon getting this was the sweet-looking CD. It is like a mini-.
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This review could be one sentence long: "If you like The Hives and The International Noise Conspiracy and can't get enough of that garage rock, you will like The Washdown." I guess I'll say a little more.

The first thing I noticed upon getting this was the sweet-looking CD. It is like a mini-CD (there is only 13 minutes of music on this EP), with the remainder of the disc made of clear plastic, reminiscent of the NOFX "The Decline" disc. Then I noticed that this is on Lookout! Records. It's been quite some time since I got any CDs off Lookout!, and this was not something I would expect from them. It's a pleasant surprise that they are expanding their label's sound.

This is good stuff. Not real original stuff, especially these days with bands like The Hives, The Strokes, The Vines, and The White Stripes having already caught the mainstream's attention. (Do you need to have a band that starts with "The" to be garage rock?) They sound a lot like all of these bands in some way or another. They use the lo-fi recording sound and distorted vocals of these bands, and a similar dirty guitar sound. They are less simplistic than the Strokes, and more rockin' than the Vines (who only have one really good song), and with occasional squeaks and squeals, the vocals remind me of the Hives.

One thing that stands out are the guitars, for The Washdown's guitar parts have more to them than most of these bands, and there are actually two different part going on most of the time, justifying the band having two guitars. Also, the bass parts are actually interesting too, they doesn't just back up the guitar. The drums are nothing spectacular, but they supply a strong backbeat to dance to, and that's what these fellas are looking for.

These guys have the energy to stand up to the rest of the pack. No slow or long songs are to be found on the EP, the energy stays high throughout the disc. "Caligula" would have to be my favorite track, with its sweet guitar and bass riffs, it's pounding punk-inspired beat in the opening, and screams of "Dance!" As is usual with EPs, this disc leaving me wanting to hear more. However, it also leaves me wondering if they could pull off a full length with the same energy. We'll have to wait and see. If you aren't sick of garage rock yet, you'll want to check out The Washdown.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

the only thing that's unbelieveable about the vines is how they suckered some many people into liking their shitty music

Anonymous (November 27, 2002)

I agree with whoever said it, the reviewer/critic needs to listen to the cd a few times before reviewing. The guitars are amazing. The distant sounding background vocals was a cool idea. FYI the first track isn't really a song. What's up the guy saying The Vines only have one good song? The Vines are unbelievable.

BostonMusicGuy (November 18, 2002)

Looks like a perfectly legitimate peace of wood to me. Sounds like a load of trash to me... im getting really sick of this whole garage rock thing. The only really good bands from it are the Strokes and the Hives. T(I)NC is ok but Im not a huge fan.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (November 18, 2002)

what the hell is up with the cover anyway. looks like a big, decaying nipple.

Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

Doesn't matter what jokes anyone cracks, the review is still very inaccurate. This is a cool release and this reviewer needs to listen to releases more than once. Usually this site is great place for reviews, but this time you missed the mark. By a whole lot I might add!

maverick (November 16, 2002)

Hahaha... Zing, Greg!

-Scott

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

Y'know, usually I just look at the cover art, if even that, and then just guess at what the CD may sound like.

-Greg

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

"They use the lo-fi recording sound and distorted vocals of these bands, and a similar dirty guitar sound."

The reviewer could not be more wrong with this statement. This EP is recorded very well and its production is very punchy and slick. Its not lo-fi at all! Yes they have the raw garage feel in their songs, but don't be fooled this is slick produced engergetic rocknroll. I do like it a lot, so this is not criticism on the band, its poor inaccurate reviewing. Someitmes I think these reviewers don't even listen to the music they review.

adam (November 15, 2002)

This band really reminds me of a cross between the International Noise Conspiracy and the new soul-rock sound of the Gadjits. I head a few of their songs but nothing really jumped out.

adam

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