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Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution

Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution: A Call to ArmsA Call to Arms (2002)
Self-Released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Ska with acoustic guitars. Doesn't get more punk than that. With a lineup that has enough people to sport an NBA roster (though talent my lack), it includes Tomas Kalnoky, someone many ska fans will recognize as the former vocalist for Catch-22. The band includes everything from chick cellois.
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Ska with acoustic guitars. Doesn't get more punk than that.

With a lineup that has enough people to sport an NBA roster (though talent my lack), it includes Tomas Kalnoky, someone many ska fans will recognize as the former vocalist for Catch-22. The band includes everything from chick celloist Marcy Ciuffedra to Shane Thomson, in charge of the congas. Yes, the congas.

Although one inventive ska band with the word bandits in it is probably one enough, this five-song EP is a great introduction to the group. The CD (up for download here) even encompasses a cover (can we call it a cover?) of "Dear Sergio", identical to the original sans plugged-in six strings.

An upright bassist, and violinist also adds to the orgy of strings used. It creates a Victorian medieval times-era sound, if you will.

It's a fun, laid-back approach to the horn-indulged genre which proves there are still bands that couldn't care less what the flavor of the week is. There are parts of songs which make you feel like you're listening to the background music of some Italian restaurant (like the jazzy outro of "It's a Wonderful Life"), to the catchy rambled vocals in the first thirty seconds of "Here's to Life."

With Streetlight Manifesto's recent signing to Victory Records, look for former Catch-22 members to be raping the genre in the months to come.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Streetlight Manifesto - Everything Goes NumbThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!Catch 22 - Keasbey NightsAgainst Me! - is Reinventing Axl RoseThe Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldNOFX - Punk In DrublicLess Than Jake - Hello RockviewBig D And The Kids Table - How It GoesStreetlight Manifesto - Keasbey NightsAlkaline Trio - Goddamnit

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Anonymous (January 26, 2006)

this has nothing to do with the CD but i was wondering if there was any way or any website I could get tabs for they'll provide the paint...

awesome song.

Send me it at

Ta11hairymexican@aol.com

Anonymous (January 26, 2006)

this has nothing to do with the CD but i was wondering if there was any way or any website I could get tabs for they'll provide the paint...

awesome song.

Anonymous (July 18, 2005)

i saw streetlight in june (2005) and tomas told the crowd that new music is on the way for botar and for streetlight. my guess is that since the keasbey nights cd got pushed back to january 2006, that the botar cd will be oout before that. possibly by christmas

i also know that streetlight will be touring this september/october on the east coast.

derekjeter7774 (January 22, 2005)

Is there any more BOTAR music or is this EP it?

Anonymous (October 10, 2004)

and when i said i wish it was longer, i meant i wish the cd was longer, not that i wish was looking for them for longer than i was

Anonymous (October 10, 2004)

"BOTAR's official site's mp3s are down, so.

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

BOTAR's official site's mp3s are down, so.

http://skachilles.com/music/botar/

inagreendase (July 18, 2003)

"hey can you do anything other than just bash it...like maybe try a little review. stick with being mr. flavor of the week b/c you cant review other good music if it strays from that"

ok it wasn't much of a review but i can't understand what encompasses bashing in it. i never expressed dislike for BOTAR, please quote some lines that would indicate me bashing the band, thanks

inagreendase (July 18, 2003)

"Ska with acoustic guitars. Doesn't get more punk than that. "

Why does everyone care about being punk?


go watch the sarcasm scene in 'mighty ducks'

funkisdead (July 18, 2003)

www.acousticbandits.com
the whole ep is online.

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

Everyone knows where I can d/load songs of this cd??

Thanx!

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

BOTAR KICKS ASS DIPSHIT...lets see you put together a "string orgy" and make it sound that goddamn good

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

hey can you do anything other than just bash it...like maybe try a little review. stick with being mr. flavor of the week b/c you cant review other good music if it strays from that

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

"Ska with acoustic guitars. Doesn't get more punk than that. "

Why does everyone care about being punk?

GreenVandal (July 17, 2003)

The mp3 is good. The clips are good. The RX Bandits cant compare. Sorry to you my jaded friend.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

A new mp3 was released from the Streetlight album coming out in august... it's very familiar to those that listen to BOTAR... :)

Also, if you are on the SM mailing list, you got information to get some additonal song samples..... hehehehe....

WEZ

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

http://www.winosarecool.com/botar/ - streetlight manifesto mp3 is there

WEZ

funkisdead (July 15, 2003)

yeah man! rx bandits are definitely WAY better than catch 22, streetlight manifesto, and botar. combined even. douche.

inagreendase (July 15, 2003)

"Anyone know where can get some Streetlight Manifesto MP3's? I really wanna hear them..."

right now, i think there's only one up for download. check WEZ's site (the guy that did the interview w/ BOTAR), just scroll down the comments, it's there. the mp3 should be on his site, i *think* it's the title track off the forthcoming album

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

pretty great cd.. however, Rx Bandits are still better than all three of these bands. Sorry.

GreenVandal (July 15, 2003)

Anyone know where can get some Streetlight Manifesto MP3's? I really wanna hear them...

Anonymous (July 14, 2003)

I might seem stupid for saying this, but Tomas Kalnoky reminds me a hell of alot like Jesse Michaels.....

funkisdead (July 14, 2003)

i still care about catch 22. i think the two bands are not mutually exclusive. i think that botar, streetlight manifesto, and catch 22 each rock for their own reasons.

GreenVandal (July 13, 2003)

If you think BOTAR sucks, then you must not have liked a little album called "Keasbey Nights" very much, as the song writing and spirit of that album can be felt all over these songs.

Anonymous (July 13, 2003)

catch 22 SHOULD have broken up long ago.no one cares about them now.the way I see it streetlight manifesto is more catch 22 than catch 22 currently is.

if any of that makes sense...

Anonymous (July 13, 2003)

if tom was c22 then they would have broken up long ago.
ps - botar suck.

Anonymous (July 13, 2003)

Im sorry. I was always under the impression that if you wrote all the music for something it was yours. I guess some of us have the business sense of Mr. Tommy Mottola, because that was something a man in a suit with a big wallet would say. Catch 22 deserves dick shit, as their newer material shows, Tom was Catch 22. Streetlgiht Manifesto and this band is where it is at now. Ska needs innovation, not leaches sucking up the the leftovers of what was once a respectable reputation.

-GreenVandal

-GreenVandal

Anonymous (July 13, 2003)

ps - isnt any song written as band a band song? so if he wrote anything as/for c22 it should stay there.

Anonymous (July 13, 2003)

that dude does sound like he is or was in c22. Tom did a shitty thing to them and to rip them apart is gay.

moldy (July 12, 2003)

wow this is really good

Anonymous (July 12, 2003)

I cannot get enough of these guys. Best band ever.

Anonymous (July 12, 2003)

Seriously, these guys rock.

Anonymous (July 12, 2003)

This review is forever tainted by your mindless bickering...

Children... *lol*

WEZ

GreenVandal (July 11, 2003)

Im sorry, maybe we just dont see the flaws in this review that you do. We cant ALL be writers for the school paper, now can we?

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

How can I tell what this guy's point is when he doesn't know how to communicate effectively?

thriceequalsgod (July 11, 2003)

what the fuck.. you just went off for no reason...

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

shouldn't your sarcasm sensor have went off?

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

I don't give a shit about being punk rock, because I'm obviously not. I'm myself. I wrote an engaging review while yours came out lacking. Deal with it.

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

writing CD reviews for school newspapers are punk rock. i wrote reviews for 'all killer no filler' and 'international superhits' "back in the day" for my school newspaper.

inagreendase (the score is for writing CD reviews for school newspapers)

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

I loved this album. People should stop calling it "ska", though, because that's a pretty big stretch. I think calling it a fusion of punk and neo-classical with hints of ska is best. But in actuality there are tons of influences in BOTAR's music that it's damn near impossible to give them a label - just leave those for the soup cans.

I wrote a review of this EP for my high school paper awhile back. Not to sound egotistical, but I think it was better read than this review is. (I'd post the review, but it's on my old computer.) No offense, but this writing is a little sloppy. Work on it.

i-type-poorly (July 10, 2003)

they're all the same.
The case is made of cardboard. The binding is electrical tape. The front and back labels are glued onto the case. The cd is in a lil' slip cover glued onto the inside. The liner notebook is glued on too, with lyrics and little stories and/or explainations for each song.

gutterhippo (July 10, 2003)

does anyone have an original copy of this? i heard each cd cover was hand made by the band, were they all different?

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

tomas could eat aborted fetus's for all i care, the only thing that matters is the music. keasbey was amazing, this is, and streetlight will be, the man knows how to right tunes. as for catch 22 keasbey was amazing and the next album and ep acctualy were pretty good (not as good, but buyable good for catch 22 good), jeff davidson was a good singer, but know that even hes gone, and yes the fat man sings, they have problems and need to finish the band. fuck i mean they opened for MEST. nuff said.

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

Gotta watch your back with everyone man..... all I can speak of though is my direct dealings with him, and they have been nothing but good.... I doubt he's saying shitty things about me behind my back, I doubt he says shit about me at all... but if he is, then so be it....

As for putting you down to make myself feel better, I never felt bad in the first place... so that really makes no sense... I didn't agree with what you said, sure, but it didn't hurt my feelings.. I can have a debate without making it personal.....

WEZ

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

"You sound like you are in Catch 22.. maybe you are that fat fuck that sings now instead of playing horns... word to the wise... play the horn motherfucker.. "

That just goes to show how ignorant you are...y becuase if someone disagrees with your idea of a person that A) he must be in the band and B) you have to put someone else down to make u feel better? To be honest with you, one reason tomas is being nice to u is becuase you are doing something for him by being the BOTAR billboard and you dont know what he says about u behind closed doors...just watch your back with him...thats all im trying to say...

Fuzzy (July 10, 2003)

I have talked to the guys in Catch22 numerous times. They are all great guys. I've seen them in every incarnation since Keaseby Nights came out, and I have to say that they've kept it consistent. They manage to play the old songs with just as much piss & vinegar as before.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

oh good god..just when i was trying to convince people that ska was cool again this comes out..ACOUSTIC SKA...fucking brilliant! :D

GregSka (July 9, 2003)

I highly doubt thats someone from Catch 22, it's probably one of the many people here that try to get a rise from others. Either way, I think Catch 22 is great just like Streetlight Manifesto is great. Any business between those two bands is personal though, most people outside those two bands probably won't ever know the whole story between them

i-type-poorly (July 9, 2003)

wow, both of you guys please. I don't think Tom is a cocksucker. And that "horn player" i have met before as well. I hate talking to people in bands and hate talking about talking to people in bands but i might as well back up my defence. He's a nice person. He can't sing yeah, but come on, "fat fuck"? have some respect, both of you.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

Am I the only one to find it fucked up how Tomas can quit a band that was just getting started and disappear for a few years, then resurface and rerecord ALL OLD c22 songs and release them and geta double ammount of royalties- BOTAR. Streetlight Manifesto is just a recording of old catch 22 songs they wrote together. But lets have tomas get big off of c22 HARD YEARS OF TOURING. Tomas couldnt handle the road and the way he goes thorugh ideas, both bands will no longer be in a year. You guys seem to love tomas for some reason and you dont even know what kind of person he is. He is one of the biggest cock suckers i have ever met in my life. He is really talented, sure id give him that but he is not a nice person

A couple of points I'd like to make... first, I've dealt with Tomas quite a bit, I think he's a class act.... I've never felt he was a "cock sucker" at all....

In addition to that, why WOULDN'T he record those songs, exactly? He wrote em. It's not like anyone in Catch wrote them. Hell, if THEY had recorded them, they'd be shitty. Catch 22 is garbage now. They don't even have a lead singer, and they SLAUGHTER the Keasby Nights songs live. BOTAR, and in the future, Streetlight Manifesto are both examples of WHY Catch 22 is SO FAR BEHIND in talent.... they're an old, shitty band.. and while Streetlight Manifesto will be, without a doubt, this year's best Ska/Punk record, Catch 22's new album (if it comes out this year at all) will be mediocre at best..

You sound like you are in Catch 22.. maybe you are that fat fuck that sings now instead of playing horns... word to the wise... play the horn motherfucker..

WEZ

Fuzzy (July 9, 2003)

This just in. BOTAR, Streetlight Manifesto, and Catch 22 all rock. :oD You can like them all, they aren't exclusive of each other!

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

BOTAR is a pretty catchy band. it's like along the a lines of The New Pornographers: good ol fashion pop folk rock. their song on "underground screams" is my only fav song from the comp.

Ramo

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

Am I the only one to find it fucked up how Tomas can quit a band that was just getting started and disappear for a few years, then resurface and rerecord ALL OLD c22 songs and release them and geta double ammount of royalties- BOTAR. Streetlight Manifesto is just a recording of old catch 22 songs they wrote together. But lets have tomas get big off of c22 HARD YEARS OF TOURING. Tomas couldnt handle the road and the way he goes thorugh ideas, both bands will no longer be in a year. You guys seem to love tomas for some reason and you dont even know what kind of person he is. He is one of the biggest cock suckers i have ever met in my life. He is really talented, sure id give him that but he is not a nice person.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

"However, inagreendase should stop writing it's going to continue to be this bad."

Do you mean IF its going to continue to be this bad or is that a prediction?

from the shitty reviewer himself

lieutenant (July 9, 2003)

I was SOOOO waiting for this album, and I snatched a copy at the first opportunity. It is just... Amazing. Tomas is, as I believe, one of the greatest leaders in the third-wave ska scene and I hope he will never stop making music, especially music this beautiful. Though, I am not sure if I am looking forward to another Bandits release, or the Serenade album, with greater anticipation. Oh well, it's nice to have a few great things to look forward to.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

I'm glad inagreendase reviewed this because otherwise I probably wouldn't have heard about it. However, inagreendase should stop writing it's going to continue to be this bad. I'm not trying to be mean, but the reviews are shit.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

the extra verse in dear sergio is great. he totally rips apart catch 22. this is a brilliant cd, ive been saying that for a good year. the streelight cd will be the best "ska" cd to be released in quite sometime.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

where do u get this in nyc? is it hard to find?

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

This is the best thing I have heard in a long, long time. I love it.

rage (July 9, 2003)

This needs more fucking love.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

the only cd i listen to with the Jazz equalizer on

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

you know what, maybe this album's so good it deserved 2 positive reviews...okay, in truth i'm sure adam didn't know/remember that a review was posted a year and few months ago. I think the only reason there's no [2] here is because EP is in the title, and there was no EP in the title for the last review. stupid, i know, but it probably would've automatically registered had I put just the title of "A Call to Arms." on the other hand, since there hasn't been a whole lot of BOTAR news lately, it could've been posted on purpose just to shamelessly promote/remind us all how good this band is

inagreendase

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

I reviewed it too, and my review was also shitty..... hehehe... didn't include alot of stuff I wanted to..

Read my interview!!! :)

WEZ

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

p.s. sorry for the shitty review, i think there was a lot more that could've been said. 3 stars are present because the folk parts didn't completely keep my attention intact

inagreendase

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

the "talent lacking" comment meant like i dont think they're good enough to play in the NBA.

inagreendase

GregSka (July 8, 2003)

This band rocks my socks. Although I'm looking forward to the Streetlight cd a bit more, I really enjoy listening to this one

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

"I remember reading an interview from Tomas where he said Streetlight's first CD is basically Keasbey Nights 2. He wrote KN2 but then the band broke up, and this is it."

To answer a few questions, the band WAS originally called Keasby Nights. I'm sure I read that interview too, but I'm not sure that is realyl the direction it is going in now. I'm not in the band though, so I can't say for sure. Wait till August, and we'll see if it is "the logical follow-up" to Keasby Nights, as it has been touted in the past.

Jon_the_Skafather (July 8, 2003)

Wasn't Streetlight Manifesto originally going to be called Keasby Nights? or the album was going to be called Keasby Nights part 2 or something??

Oh well, regardless, Tomas is extremely talented and an amazing songwriter and great lyricist.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

wasnt there a full length planned, like 100 songs of revolution or something i heard.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

"ANOTHER Thing about the Streetlight album... it's NOT going to be just like Keasby nights at ALL from what I've heard... it's not going to be just fast ska punk, but a more ecclectic mix.. a good source told me this.."

I remember reading an interview from Tomas where he said Streetlight's first CD is basically Keasbey Nights 2. He wrote KN2 but then the band broke up, and this is it.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Shouldn't this have a [2], it is the second review for this cd.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

ANOTHER Thing about the Streetlight album... it's NOT going to be just like Keasby nights at ALL from what I've heard... it's not going to be just fast ska punk, but a more ecclectic mix.. a good source told me this..

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Also, the "cover" of Dear Sergio is *not* the same, there is an additional verse on it.

WEZ

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

http://www.winosarecool.com/botar (my site on them. Interview with Tomas, and some other members of BOTAR, some other shit)

Also, the Streetlight Manifesto album is out on the 26th of August.. though if you know anything about Tomas, and his projects, that could be a stretch... ;)

WEZ

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

This cd is sick.

pwfanatic (July 8, 2003)

three stars? you're a fool.

on another note, although the signing of streetlight manifesto is cool, having botar put out more albums would be cooler.

CallingLondon (July 8, 2003)

this review doesn't even make sense half the time. "although talent my lack" is "one enough" example. anyway, this is a really great band. definitely not like anything i've ever heard before.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Great Album, learn how to review tard.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

i dont consider this ska music. It leans more toward the folk side of things than anything. A really good disc though, waiting on the multiple full lengths.

Bad review though.

wyzo

hungryjoe (July 8, 2003)

Astounding.

This renewed my faith in and love for ska music. I kind of forgot all about this genre for a while. I'd buy this if i could, but they stopped making them. If or when they do make a full length, I'll be first in line with cash in hand.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Only 3 stars? Damn.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

You below me are a fruit

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Tomas is god

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

This deserves a 5. It's incredible. Plus free.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

I love this lil ep.

- Scott
http://...

krowdsurf (July 8, 2003)

I downloaded this awhile back thinking it would be a neat gimmick to hear accoustic ska. It ended up being a hell of a lot better than I expected and certainly more than just a novelty.

i-type-poorly (July 8, 2003)

i love the album, and proud to own an original copy. But Sergio is not a carbon copy, theres an entire extra verse. Also i bet when the reviewer says "rambled vocals" he's talking about "They Provide The Paint.." because the first few lines of Heres to Life is quite decpherable (sp). I'm anticipating a new release from this band more than Streetlight because i already know what Streetlight has in store for us (Keasbey pt 2). While the acoustic bandits are a suprise every song.

Jon_the_Skafather (July 8, 2003)

BOTAR are probably one of the more inventive bands recently and it'll be nice when they finally release a full length.....however long that'll take.

Streetlight Manifesto will put Catch 22 to shame and show them how they're supposed to do it. Catch 22 should quit playing Tomas' songs and only play the ones that they've written.

Umm..i must ask...why the comment on talent lacking (or did i misunderstand that)?

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

This is a good album. I love Thomas's vocals...Catch-22 was all downhill after he left

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