River City Rebels - Racism, Religion, and War (Cover Artwork)

River City Rebels

River City Rebels: Racism, Religion, and WarRacism, Religion, and War (2000)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: BillyTaintBilly Taint
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Now let me tell you right now, I am a huge fan of the River City Rebels. Huge. However, I'm aware of the love/hate feelings toward the band. Either people hate them, or love them. There's generally no middle ground when it comes to the Rebels. BUT, I feel this release can turn just about every .
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Now let me tell you right now, I am a huge fan of the River City Rebels. Huge. However, I'm aware of the love/hate feelings toward the band. Either people hate them, or love them. There's generally no middle ground when it comes to the Rebels. BUT, I feel this release can turn just about every hater into a fan.

This release can be defined in one easy word: Perfect. This record is nothing short of that. Each track is catchier than the last. The Rebels do the sing-along style chorus' like no other band is capable of. The horn lines are simply amazing. Yes, that's right horn lines....

That calls for some background info. RCR are a punk band from Vermont. They have a horn section, which on this release consisted of both a trumpet and a trombone. Despite this, the band is far from a ska band. Influences include U.S. Bombs, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen and Stiff Little Fingers. Nothing ska about them. Street punk with horns.

Back to the album. "Racism, Religion, and War..." kicks off with the stand out track "Hate". This is probably The Rebels' most well known and successful song. Listening to this track can pretty much sum up the 13 to follow. Fun, fast, incredibly catchy music.

Towards the middle of the CD, comes "Military Attitude" and "That's the Way it's Gotta Be", two staples in RCR's live catalog. Both are exactly what I've been saying about the rest of the album...You'll be singing along by the end of the track, trying to contain yourself from dancing along in your bedroom.

My personal favorite, "Fuck You", comes towards the end of the CD. This song is where you begin to notice the simplicity of RCR's music and lyrics. This is a complain complaint from me towards many, many bands, but RCR manages to get away with it. The music and lyrics are both so simple yet the Rebels do it in such a way that you either don't notice or don't care.

I once met a kid at an Anti-Flag show. He told me he thought that the River City Rebels were the perfect band for any punk. He said they combined "the nihilism of The Sex Pistols, the political ideals of The Clash, and the catchiness of The Ramones." That kid couldn't have been more right. RCR is a band that too many people are sleeping on. Check out these CD and give these guys the credit and support they deserve.


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Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

in response to the guys post at the bottom about this band being dicks? give me a fucking break. This band is children except the singer who looks about as old as Dee Dee Ramone himself. They are so unprofessional live and I can't handle the whole wannabe cool attidtude. They think they are so fucking huge and there is just no songs there. Sorry but save your money kids because they are about as cool as that old band D-genberation, anyone remember them? they had but loads of cash and still went nowhere. RCR's are on Victory and their music is just lackluster. My rate is this is a great band if you 45 years old plus. LAME DUCK!

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

River City Rebels are fucking lame and that whole genra needs to die! How many times can a band fucking play the same goddamn new york dolls riff guys? YOU FUCKING SUCK!

SaxxyRebel (May 28, 2003)

I love this cd a lot, definately 5 stars.

Anonymous (January 15, 2003)

This is a good CD. I saw RCR in December with Catch 22. They put on an awesome show. Dan's a nice guy too, talked to him after the show.

Anonymous (January 14, 2003)

RCR are from near where I used to live in NY, and any band that was influenced by SLF is a badass fucking band. My friend Dez said she saw them & the lead singer got naked on stage or some shit & got arrested & the cops questioned her about what she saw because everyone at the show said they didn't see anything.

Anonymous (January 14, 2003)

i didn't know people actually like this band.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

albums that have in the 90's deserve a score of 10/10 are
(there could be a couple of others, but i speak only for what i can say with out a single doubt in my mind)

the suicide machines - battle hymns
rancid - ...and out come the wolves
strung out - twisted by design
afi - shut your mouth and open your eyes

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

This Cd is over three years old. Even members of the band agree that some of the content sounds young and naive (most of the members were just out of high school). Check out the newest album for 77 style punk or playing to live if your into more melodic stuff like social distortion.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

They're from Vermont? Didn't know that. You can marry animals there.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

In punk music, you've got the absolute classics, like London Calling, Raw Power, Nevermind the Bollucks, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, etc. Albums that are definate 10/10's, beyond all debate. Every once in a while, a new album comes along that's on par with those - but not often.

More often, there are good albums that approach that level of excellence, but just aren't quite there - in the 7/10-9/10 range. They're good albums in their own right, but held up against those classics, they don't quite stand-up.

The bulk of albums that come out probably fall in the 3/10-6/10 range. Average. Decent musically, decent lyrically, but nothing really special. The album reviewed here would be a good example of that. Nothing that really grabs you, nothing you're liable to remember later unless you happen to be a rabid fan for whatever reason.

1/10 and 2/10 should be reserved for absolute garbage, which is rare in its own right.

So yeah, point being, this album is average. I bought it a while ago based on a friend's recommendation. I listened to it a few times, nothing really grabbed me. Nothing stuck with me. I thought it was a bit predictable and dull. Just another generic band. I wouldn't mind seeing them if they opened for someone else - but I probably wouldn't go if they were the main act. I probably wouldn't buy another one of their albums, based on this one, but I wouldn't complain if one of my friends wanted to play them.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

i didnt change my rating below, i was too busy on my rant about ratings.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

Indeed i agree with most people on this website, about the 5 star rating being handed out to some kids favourite album willy nilly. True that lots of albums are good and too some are worthy of 5 stars but lets face it, how are we to know what albums are truley the pinacle of greatness, unless we own them ourselves, if so many are given the highest rating??

isnt that what a rating system is for. and it seems that on every review that there is a 5 star rating, every comment is going to have one of two tones,

1. the kids who agree that its worth 5 stars
2. the kids who hate it and give it 1/2

i would like to suggest that over time each review that has a 5star rating should have a voting pole to see if most (80% or so) agree with the rating, and then it can finally be awarded with the credit it deserves.

otherwise every album will be worth 5 stars in some ones eyes. and only the people who own every album will know the difference....


Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

THIS CD ROCKS, ive been a fan of the Rebels for a while now and this one still stands out as their fastest and most agressive. !

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

can't say i like this band too much

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

No! The Ramones first album can be described as perfect. Iggy & The Stooges, "Raw Power" can be described as perfect.

This album can be described as average at best.

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

Well, There real nice guys, and the music is quite catchy but This is FAR from perfect. At least to me. I would say the BIGGEST problem with them are the lyrics. The lyrics are horrendous. Some of them don't even really make sense, and most are way to simple and trite. But thats just me. I mean, there catchy and it's a fun listen, but the lyrics kill it for me.

Anonymous (January 11, 2003)

I have "playing to live living to play" by these guys. When I first got it I loved it, now its a boring street punk album. Sometimes I listen to it and like it, other times I think they out right suck. I don't know what to think of this band???

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

best of the best.. no
best of the rest... without a doubt.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Id like to agree with the guy below me. I think theyre pretty damn good, but i certainly dont love them

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

Actually, there is a middle ground for RCR. I don't love em or hate em.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

this band is rad as hell, the bass player chris invited me on stage during their set, that was cool, even tho I didn't expect it, their easy to talk to too

Hamish (January 10, 2003)

I think 5 stars gets handed out way to easily. That should probably be reserved for only the best of the best. This is not the best of the best.

Anonymous (January 10, 2003)

They were supposed to open for Catch 22 in toronto but never showed up. Border trouble?

Melvyl (January 10, 2003)

this cd is fucking great.

but what's all this talk i'm hearing about the band being dicks?

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