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Pseudo Heroes

Pseudo Heroes: Prison of Small PerceptionsPrison of Small Perceptions (2003)
Go Kart Records

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Former Theologian bands seem to have a way of blowing up, or at least being fairly successful on other labels. With this latest release Pseudo Heroes seem to be ready to join the ranks of bands like The Deviates, Pennywise, and 98 Mute(no, they don't sound like any of those bands, so forget whateve.
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Former Theologian bands seem to have a way of blowing up, or at least being fairly successful on other labels. With this latest release Pseudo Heroes seem to be ready to join the ranks of bands like The Deviates, Pennywise, and 98 Mute(no, they don't sound like any of those bands, so forget whatever clever brocore joke you were thinking of).

This band has already been compared to Jawbreaker and Hüsker Dü, while I don't think they've quite reached that level yet, this album is still pretty damn good. Pseudo Heroes show us that it is possible to be both aggressive and slightly poppy without being another boring "screamo" band. While this record is punk, it still manages to be different and refreshing at the same time. This band can pull off fast, almost hardcore tinged songs ("Bad Show", a humorous tune about what happens when your band simply isn't up to par, "if I was in the crowd I'd heckle us so loud"), straight up punk rock with Bad Religious vocal harmonization ("Conspiracy"), pop tinged/acoustic rock ("I Know What You Need"), death metal/punk ("Dead Or Alive"), and the list goes on. Yeah, this stuff is all over the place.

Aside from all the style changing insanity there are loads of guest appearances. You'll hear from Kam Lee (Death), John Stabb (Government Issue), Jerry A. (Poison Idea), Lee Dorrian (Napalm Death), Blaine Cook (The Accused), Chris Barrows (Pink Lincolns), and Dave Smalley (you should know). That's an odd list, but the Pseudo Heroes are an odd band, so it's fitting.

According to the band they're influenced by everyone from Cheap Trick to Morbid Angel, and it shows on this extremely varied disc. If you're looking for a punk band that isn't afraid to experiment or color outside the lines then look no further. Pseudo Heroes have really created something different here, and if this is any indication, expect this band to make a lot of noise in the future.

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Anonymous (January 6, 2004)

Downloaded it off go kart as well. Songs are pretty diverse wich is nice also covers some rock as well as punk. Hopefully i can find the cd in stores.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

Well go kart's promotion worked. I downloaded this album from their website and love it. I definitely plan on buying this and their other full length and EP.

FortyMinutesWest (July 1, 2003)

Thor or Zeus. Think of the practical uses of throwing lightning bolts.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Gongs, you say? Hmmmm. I'll get cracking. Because nothing sounds cooler than me than being a god. Which kind of God, though? A whimpy, hippie God like Jesus? Or a cool, ass-kicking God with his own comic book like Thor?

FortyMinutesWest (June 30, 2003)

If you guys add gongs to the next album you will be gods.

Anonymous (June 30, 2003)

Hi guys. Maybe it's not kosher to comment on a review of my own band, but fuck it.
Thanks for all of your comments, both positive and negative. I'm really proud of this record, but I can totally understand some people not "getting it". It does go all over the place, but we tried to make it somewhat cohesive. And I went in doing this album knowing that some people would be turned off by such different stuff. As long as we make some kind of waves, I'm all of it.
To answer the question about the other full-length (Betraying Angry Thoughts) in comaprison, it's more of a straight up powerpop/melodic punk record like the material on the split. So you may like that one better.
And I have no idea what path the next record will follow. Polka-punk, maybe?
seeya,
Sam and Pseudo Heroes

Anonymous (June 28, 2003)

I agree with this review 100%; the Pseudo heroes have crafted a fine piece of art. takes a few listen spans to get used to the varied tracklist, but after /- 5 times is really, really rocks.

- Roel (punkhour.com)

TheOneTrueBill (June 27, 2003)

"John Stabb (Government Issue)"

!!! I just got done listening to Complete History Volume 2. I really need to check this out, since Sam's DBL songs are always strong

FortyMinutesWest (June 27, 2003)

No, it's more focused, but not as creative

maverick (June 27, 2003)

I thought the stuff this band did on their split with Down By Law was amazing, but this album was so all-over-the-place that I couldn't even muster spinning it a second time. Is their other full-length like this, too?

-Scott

ramo (June 27, 2003)

pseudo heroes fucking rock. i love "betraying angry thoughts" and this one easily tops it by a thread. fav song: "under the sun"

evildeadalive (June 27, 2003)

Bad Religious? Clever...

FortyMinutesWest (June 27, 2003)

Guilty as chizarged, dawg. Holla.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

The term BLOWING UP is for retarded rappers.

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