Awkward Thought - Ruin A Good Time (Cover Artwork)

Awkward Thought

Awkward Thought: Ruin A Good TimeRuin A Good Time (2003)
Thorp Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Awkward Thought doesn't care what I say in this review, in fact, they care so little about what reviewers think that they devoted an entire song and section on their website to it. "Write a review, say what you want, don't care if you think I'm wrong, if you don't like this music, you can shove thi.
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Awkward Thought doesn't care what I say in this review, in fact, they care so little about what reviewers think that they devoted an entire song and section on their website to it. "Write a review, say what you want, don't care if you think I'm wrong, if you don't like this music, you can shove this fucking song", I'd love to stop right here, just to make the band happy, but I can't. The song "Take Your Music And Shove It" is the band's tirade against, well, everything. But, I won't let one obnoxious song completely sour me on this release, because it's not that bad.

For those of you who don't know, New York's Awkward Thought, play a straight forward brand of hardcore reminiscent of bands like Agnostic Front, Striking Distance, and Blood for Blood(not in a bad way). So what you end up getting here is some meat and potatoes hardcore with the occasional metal tendencies thrown in for good measure. The vocals could be better. It's not so much that they're bad, it's just that they lack the energy that the rest of the music has. They're the typical fast shouting vocals, I wouldn't mind them if there was just some kind of fluctuation every now and then. A little variation would go a long way towards making these songs more interesting.

The band is probably at their best on the song "Required Contributions", a sarcastic diatribe directed towards corporate America and the government. The aformentioned "Take Your Music And Shove It" is probably the worst track, and also features the worst lyrics on the whole CD. Saying crap instead of rap lost it's ability to make me laugh a long time ago, and I certainly don't want to hear it in a song. Throughout the entire disc, Awkward Thought maintains a fast pace and rarely lets up enough for you to catch your breath, yet you can't help but bob your head to the beat. The songs are also quite catchy and I can see them invoking much shouting and finger pointing at a live show.

Awkward Thought isn't breaking any new ground and they aren't shattering any barriers, but if this style of music is your thing, then I see can't any reason for you not to give this band a shot. If you don't like it, don't tell the band, because this band is "sick of what you say" and they "wish you'd just fade away".


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Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Good record!

Anonymous (January 14, 2005)

Pretty rad record.

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

Great. Play in California already. West Coast represent!
This shit rocks. No gay tough guy for the sake of tough guy shit! L.A. loves Awkward Thought!!!!

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

Oi ain't dead. NeW YoRk HaRdCoRe still lives!!! Awkward Thought keep it alive. GREAT!!!

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

The Oi influence is what makes this so damn good. Better production than the last record. But The Fear Not EP has the best song on it -does it make sense -classic.

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

Great freakin lyrics. Very thought provoking. Good music. I have the European version so put out something new already.

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

Boston Loves Awkward Thought!!!
Whens the next record?

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

You're smoking crack reviewer. This CD is great. Sheer Terror meets Nausea. Awesome.

Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

Nice cover art. Good music. Does anyone know where to get the demo they put out awhile ago?

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

Good CD. I like it.

Anonymous (October 30, 2003)

Just saw the Video. Cool. I'm buying this CD now.

Anonymous (October 23, 2003)

Great! First song rules!

Anonymous (October 22, 2003)

Oh yeah...reviewer ...Would breaking new ground mean that they now have to act like they like Gangster music or sing emo. I don't get it. I guess you think breaking new ground means MTV or something. Please leave the ground unbroken then. This is what hardcore should be. Awesome.

Anonymous (October 22, 2003)

Nice Record. Do another one soon. We need more music like this. Kick Ass!

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

I don't get it. I saw these guys in Albany NY and they kicked ass. I bought the CD and it kicks ass. I'm a huge fan of straightedge hardcore like Straight Ahead/YOT as well as Albany legends Life's Blood and this shit rules. The reason I say I don't get it is because I don't get what the reviewer thought. Stop thinking so goddamn much and listen to the music. And for the band Awkward Thought -for christs sake play Albany again soon. Ryan.

Anonymous (August 25, 2003)

Good stuff. Great sound and great drumming.

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

Right now Im drinkin Andre mimosa royale sparkling wine and listening to this CD on my computer. FUCKIN HELL this shit is FUCKIN AWESOME. HOLY FUCKIN SHIT THIS IS AWESOME. I mean this is so fuckin heavy and fast and shit. WOW!!!!
This is my favorite right now! By far these guys are good.
hmmm I read the review and I think its great they don't care what people think. Kinda funny that you commented on that. Maybe you care what they think.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Great CD. A song about the government, a love song, a song about taxes, and a song about Hitler. What more could you ask for? Great production also! Drumming from hell!!! Awesome!

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Don't go to Canada cause they are French up there. Come to Brooklyn and rock that shit out!!!! So you wrote a song about Berlin and Prague. Just don't write about the French! Great new CD.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Hmmmmm. Thorp records eh? Screw playin mexico. Come to Canada!!! Awesome eh!

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

I bought this cause I liked the cover art. Holy shit this is heavy music. God Bless America!!!

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

Just saw the video they made. Very cool. I don't care if they are playing old style hardcore as long as they are doing it right and these guys can really play the fuck out of their instruments. Damn this shit is awesome. Great lyrics also! Bout time someone had something interesting to say. Missed them when the played Cali in the past so hope they come out again soon. Mad props.
JJ Underworld zine.

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

I just bought this. Kick ass cover and a kick ass band. More sing-a-longs. AWESOME!!!

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

Great mixing of song styles. RETURN THE COMPLIMENT and REQUIRED CONTRIBUTIONS are my favorites. Great songs also worth mentioning are LEAD THE WAY and EASY WAY OUT. These guys have come a long way since a few years back. Glad to hear they stuck to their guns and are a band that still can rock heavy hardcore punk when the trend is metalrap or emo now a days. Pick this up if you know what is good for you. Nice job Thorp! CJC Hardcore Master Zine!

Anonymous (May 12, 2003)

We get the better cover because we are better. Great record!

Anonymous (May 6, 2003)

Hey how come the Americans get the DEAD BODIES on their cover. Please come back to Germany soon. One of the best hardcore bands out there today. Talk about energy and fuckin crazyness. lol. You guys can start a war but we still love you. Ruin a Good Beer!!!! he he he.....

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

I like the distorted bass. Like old school Carnivore circa "Retaliation". And yes - rap music is crap music no matter how you spell it.

relay1112 (May 3, 2003)

"Damnit, that should be "can't see any reason"...Why do I always make one mistake that I don't catch?"

You made a lot more than one mistake ;)

Anonymous (May 3, 2003)

This CD definitly gets better with each listen. Saw them at the Madball CBGBs show in April and they kicked some serious ass. I even picked up a video they were giving out that day. Show review -posted it on the hardcorewebsite.net website. What's not to like. Gotta give props to the NYHC scene cause the Phili scene is weak now!

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

Better than most hardcore out there today. Great cover art. ha ha ha.

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

Good Hardcore is what I hear when listening to this CD. The riff in the first song kicks some ass. Sorry I can't say something witty to say like the rest of the reviews.

FortyMinutesWest (May 1, 2003)

Damnit, that should be "can't see any reason"...Why do I always make one mistake that I don't catch?

evilash (May 1, 2003)

its funny you compared them to strinking distance because that band has horrible vocals and mediocre music

Anonymous (April 30, 2003)

4/4 Time is killin' 'em in the 0-3!

Anonymous (April 29, 2003)

Yea! More generic hardcore!!!

Anonymous (April 29, 2003)

i agree about the whole "you can't spell crap without rap" bit getting really old.. this band isn't that good, and i can say that because they don't care either way

soulbleed (April 29, 2003)

this release is alright .. but to the poster on the bottom, if you don't know awkward thought .. i dunno you're kinda hopeless. :P

FortyMinutesWest (April 29, 2003)

Haha, sort've...

hungryjoe (April 29, 2003)

christ, did thorp send you a promo package with every one of their releases or something? i've never heard of this label, and all of a sudden, there's 3 releases of theirs reviewed in a week.

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