The Amazing Interceptors / B.O.T. - Blind Leading The Blind (Cover Artwork)

The Amazing Interceptors / B.O.T.

The Amazing Interceptors / B.O.T.: Blind Leading The BlindBlind Leading The Blind (2002)
Be Mine

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Now this is what DIY is all about. Fledgling suburban Chicago label Be Mine Records has released this split CD between two complete unknowns in the Chicago scene [shit, even *I* hadn't ever heard of them, and I pour over Chicago show listings to keep up-to-date]. After taking in the humorous liner.

Now this is what DIY is all about. Fledgling suburban Chicago label Be Mine Records has released this split CD between two complete unknowns in the Chicago scene [shit, even *I* hadn't ever heard of them, and I pour over Chicago show listings to keep up-to-date]. After taking in the humorous liner notes [each band wrote a story about the other band, with varying success], I get the picture that all eight of these guys must be really good friends. While the two bands don't have a ton in common musically, the bond that unites this split CD is what is so sorely missing in so many of the "big budget" pairings that seem to exist only to sell more records. Friendship is getting scarcer and scarcer in the ever-growing "indie" scene.

But I'm not here to write a thesis on corruption in the scene, I'm here to review this lil' ol' CD. So review it I shall.

The first band up is the Amazing Interceptors. Sadly, the first thing I noticed about their four songs is the fact that they are recorded poorly. The band's sound, while nowhere near breakthrough or unique, is a good combination of 80s Chicago punk like Naked Raygun mixed with some of the angular sounds of newer Chicago bands like the Honor System or the Arrivals. This definitely *isn't* your typical suburban Chicago pop punk. I'm pretty sure these guys would kick Lucky Boys Confusion's ass if they had the chance. Their standout track to me is "Failure," a three and a half minute uptempo punk song with vocals that remind me of Dan Hanaway [of the previously mentioned Honor System], plus a really cool screaming part at the end [but again, don't worry - it doesn't sound like Finch]. So overall, I think the band has some potential, but the shoddy recording of their songs really kills any momentum they might receive from this CD.

Taking up the next four songs is B.O.T., which apparently stands for Books On Tape, although the acronym is seemingly always used. As for their music, I gotta say that these songs get wedged into your brain without you even realizing it. Self-recorded, the band puts forth a much better sound than their compatriots at the beginning of the CD. The instrumentation the band uses is much more diverse, as well. This is not some no-frills punk band. Think instead along the lines of the crunchy guitar lines of Weezer and the punchy keyboard noodling similar to early Get Up Kids melding with the sonic buildups and collapses that made bands like Hum and the Appleseed Cast famous. What I initially considered the band's weakest point, the vocals, has turned back around on me. I find myself attracted to the singer's squeaky clean voice. He almost seems too shy to even be singing, especially once the music gets cranked up a few volume notches. You keep waiting for his voice to start to waver or crack, but it remains remarkably on par for all four tracks. You become even more surprised as the singer lets loose on "Boyscout Dropout," belting out screams you didn't think he had a chance in hell of even thinking of.

So, as is the case with every split CD, one band always comes out as the victor and in this case that band is B.O.T. Not only is their sound more unique and well-rounded than the Amazing Interceptors, they also have quite possibly the best bio I've ever had the pleasure of reading [if you'd like to read it, click here and scroll down a bit]. In any event, I applaud both of the bands as well as the label for investing the time and money into a project such as this that will probably only live on for posterity's sake. In 50 years, these guys will be pulling this CD out to show their grandkids just how they spent their teenage years. Until that time, let's wish them the best of luck.

The Amazing Interceptors - Sandbox
B.O.T. - Stretched Around A Dream


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Anonymous (October 15, 2003)

i dunno.. i think lucky boys could kick some ass

Anonymous (April 14, 2003)

Anonymous (April 11, 2003)

Listen here first, about the "poor" recording, well what do you honestly expect some amazing recording like that of Blink 182 or some other shitty pop punk waste? First, they're paying for other expenses that cause them not to only put money into their music, they don't have their mommies and daddies doing everything for them and having them take care of all their bills, so you have to expect the fact they're not going to have tons of money to record, yet. And you're called punknews, punk, which before this new phase of pop punk crap came out, meant DIY, if you look at any of the bands first cds or so, none of which the production is really great, AFI (have you heard Mini Trucks Suck), Bad Religion 80-85, NoFX - Liberal Animation, Unseen, Casualties, all of which are crap but over the span of 5 years or so, they got better and made money, they didn't have to worry about college or anything anymore, while AI still has a little while to go, so when they come out with a new cd, watch on the production will change once they have a little extra cash.
And now for the originality, I'm sorry that complex guitar solos and catchy bass lines are original anymore, I guess they should just be playing the same chords over and over again and then they'll be original. Instead of just saying how much they love girls over and over again, they actually put thought into their music and lyrics, God forbid that, take care and you'll expect a lot from them in a few years to come.

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

I just wanted to let you know that there are two different people who sing in BOT. The signer of "Boyscout Dropout" does not sign the rest of the songs. This could be very well why you wouldn't expect the belting screams from the same person signing "Stretched Around A Dream". Considering your reviewing this CD, you should know who is signing what song.
As for your harsh critic of the Amazing Interceptors, I think commenting that they are inferior to BOT is absurd. How exactly can you compare two completely different groups. The group of people that AI attracts, does not yeild the attention of all BOT fans.By the way, there are also three different vocalists in AI, with three completely different voices. Not sure you even noticed.

lieutenant (April 6, 2003)

The B.O.T. song is actually pretty charming. I guess I have to say I dig it.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

The correct spelling is 'pore'. 'Pour' implies something different altogether.

lieutenant (April 6, 2003)

Is the pgsonline.net address online? I've been having computer difficulties so I cannot be sure if this is just me.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Hahaha, great bio.

moldy (April 4, 2003)

havent heard anything yet but bots bio is great, always good to see a band teaching kids geography

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