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Even In Blackouts

Even In Blackouts: Myths & Imaginary MagiciansMyths & Imaginary Magicians (2003)
Lookout Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: JAmbrOC
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Thankfully, it didn't take a VH1 special for me to realize that Screeching Weasel was not just the Ben Weasel show.... Which, in my defense, was not a hard conclusion to come to in the mid-90's. After all, Ben Weasel was the one with the smarmy MRR column, the one whose periodic bursts of bloated .


Thankfully, it didn't take a VH1 special for me to realize that Screeching Weasel was not just the Ben Weasel show.... Which, in my defense, was not a hard conclusion to come to in the mid-90's. After all, Ben Weasel was the one with the smarmy MRR column, the one whose periodic bursts of bloated bombast would invariably send little shock waves through the punk community and the one who scripted the shockingly readable liner notes to "Kill the Musicians."

Even in Blackouts first - and hopefully not last - album entitled "Myths and Imaginary Musicians" shows a punk band featuring a mandolin, playing music written by Jughead and sung by some woman, with Dan Lumley (Common Rider) on drums.

Unlike some undead "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" mutant though, this thing is ALL good.

The music is decidedly pop-punk - think a happier Screeching Weasel around the "Anthem for a New Tomorrow" - but it also shares some strikingly folk-rock roots. Indeed, it has a sort-of fiddle and story-of-the-Devil quality about it. But this doesn't mean there's no punk cred: included are covers of "Hey Suburbia" and Operation Ivy's "Knowledge."

The last track on the album, entitled "Summer Comes" is a good representative of the album as a whole. The chorus is cheery, but sung with just a bit of bite: "Smile Summer will come. Smile. Some summer will come." The music is fast with a bright guitar - possibly mandolin - solo and a driving drum line.

In fairness, this album isn't for everyone. The acoustic element will probably turn off the Rise Against crowd and both female vocalists and pop-punk have their partisans. Nevertheless, if you're willing to try something a bit different Even in Blackouts has put together what may be the finest and most memorable pop-punk album since the heyday of Screeching Weasel... and it is definitely the most mature album that anyone connected with the name Jughead has ever put his stamp on. It is a memorable stamp and one that I'm just starting to recognize, even though I've appreciated it for years.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

incredible! anyone have their new ep?

Anonymous (August 23, 2003)

F'in great album. Probably scared some posers off with it's hip, rebel sound though.

Anonymous (June 5, 2003)

total fag band

Mr_Pink (June 2, 2003)

I bought this. It's really good. I wouldn't really file it under Punk, but it's great acoustic pop. Lots of energy, and that girl can SING.

evildeadalive (June 2, 2003)

Holy hardcore this fucking rules. Downloaded a couple tracks, and had to download them all. Too fucking good. I'll be buying it, don't you anti downloaders worry.

Anonymous (May 31, 2003)

Um...the girl who sings has never lived in California, so I highly doubt you dated her out there.

Anonymous (May 31, 2003)

i dated the girl who sings in this band when i lived in san francisco. let's say she is the biggest blink 182 groupie i have ever met and should be shot in the head.

relay1112 (May 31, 2003)

score is for the review.

preacher (May 31, 2003)

I like it alot. Just checked it out on the Lookout website. Nice review.

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

Isn't the dude that looks like he's in Blink 182 and is in Summer's end in this band? Their singer looks like he has barrets in his hair.

Mr_Pink (May 30, 2003)

I think he probably was just saying that to ward off the "Fuck you, acoustic is not punk" posts. I doubt it was a slam on the band specifically. This sounds interesting.

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

wait, why the Rise Against croud? I listen to Rise Against, and i enjoy acoustic music as much as the next man.

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