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Rx Bandits: The ResignationThe Resignation (2003)
Drive-Thru Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: Asheron Sabo
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The Resignation by the RX Bandits has been on my look-out list since the summer began. Others included Shai Hulud, Posion the Well, Fairweather, Brand New, 311 and Thrice. The first four have been released and I have enjoyed them all very much. 311 and Thrice are set to be released on the 25th of .

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The Resignation by the RX Bandits has been on my look-out list since the summer began. Others included Shai Hulud, Posion the Well, Fairweather, Brand New, 311 and Thrice. The first four have been released and I have enjoyed them all very much. 311 and Thrice are set to be released on the 25th of July, which should be a great day musically. Until then, The RX Bandits filled my void of new music. I have been a fan since right before Progress and The Resignation is not as a hard hitting as that album. This album seems to be half great and half disposable tunes.

The RX Bandits have been around for about seven years and are by far the only talented band on their label. While the owners look to continue finding cloned bands, the Bandits forge on with their eclectic sound. However this album is not as big a leap as Progress (their sophomore album) from their debut (Halfway Between Here and There).

First off, the art of the album is top notch. I enjoy it when bands create quality artwork to represent their music. It is crucial to getting a feel of the group. Along with Shai Hulud's Within Ill Tempered Blood and Posion The Well's You Come Before You, The Resignation stands out and elicits a reaction from the viewer (the wonderful work is done by Aaron Nagel at www.aaronnagel.com).

Packaging on the other hand creates problems. Since there are two CD's (the music CD and the DVD), the designers had left out a place to store the lyric booklet. I don't know how many of you are like me, but I will lose this thing within a week. This isn't a bad thing, though, since the lyrics are scrunched together and painstakingly small. There goes more of my eyesight.

Okay, but is the music any good, I hear you groaning. The simple answer is "Yes it is good … but is nothing revolutionary."

The stand out tracks of the disc are Sell You Beautiful, Newstand Rock (exposition) , Overcome (the recapitulation) and Mastering the List.

Sell You Beautiful is what many may have been hearing as a sample from this album. Some people have been bashing it because it is too pop sounding. I agreed with the majority … when I first heard it. Then I let the music and lyrics sink in. Lyricist Matt Embree is trying to vocalize the disgusting way people hide themselves to become more beautiful.

Newstand Rock (exposition) is the real reason I love this band. This is the most political track of the album, with fists punching at first the government (namely the war in Iraq) and to the "hollow candy coated melodies" that take over the radio waves. A kick ass rock song if there was ever one.

Overcome (the recapitulation) provides the true reggae styling of the band. Embree's vocals coupled with percussionist Chris Tsagakis pounding drums produce a stone cold grove. Fueled on Newstand Rock, the song moves from "the politicians wars" and "military scoreboards" to Embree proclaiming the "positive will always overcome the negative." Another great political Bandits song.

Mastering the List comes in as the longest song of the album at just over seven minutes. It is a collection of all their styles, from the jam pickup to the reggae vocals to the rock chorus. Lyrics such as "we are finding out that we know better" seem to symbolize what identity the band feels they have. Embree gripes about "falling in line" by attending school, getting a job and family and then dying yet sings it in a heartfelt enough way to not sound preachy. The final four minutes of the song find the band free styling to the overall scheme with a spacey slow down halfway through.

The album is not without its faults though. Generic rock songs such as Prophetic and Falling Down the Mountain provide the weak points in the album. The background noises of Falling sound annoying in comparison to organist Steve Choi's usual accompaniment. These two seem to be background filler for the rest of the disc.

So to recap; Art, good. Packaging, frustrating. Songs, half good half decent. Again, nothing like the big leap for Progress, but a good addition to their discography.

 

 
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abrrock (November 16, 2007)

"A kick ass rock song if there was ever one. "

Yea, there's a few out there...

GlassPipeMurder (September 30, 2005)

This album is really pretty good, but not nearly as good as Progress. While it is more technical, it lacks the cohesion and personality of Progress, and the more abstract themes never really come together.

skad4life (August 12, 2004)

I love this cd because it's something I feel they really poured their hearts into making, I love the lyrics and I love the artwork. My favorites would have to be Dinna Dawg (and the inevitable onset of lunacy) and decrescendo. They also rock live :)

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

very experimental record! you must take the time to listen it and to understand it...

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

falling down the mountain is great you reviewer listen to it again

Anonymous (September 4, 2003)

This is kinda funny cause this one kid down lower on this list talks about how Finch and the Movielife are the only talented bands on Drive-Thru, not RxB. I'm in London right now, and a couple weeks ago I met three of the guys from Finch sitting on the steps on their hotel, so we talked for a while. I asked them who the most talented band on Drive-Thru is, and they said, without hesitation, "RxBandits. By far." True story.

NOFXPunkLTJ22 (July 22, 2003)

Yeah, this review is stupid because the cd is great. The second review is much better.

inagreendase (July 21, 2003)

until the dolphins attack you of course

i-type-poorly (July 21, 2003)

i thought alcohol and night swimming was a winning combination

FortyMinutesWest (July 21, 2003)

Pepsi Blue and Vodka is a winning combination.

BeaArthur (July 21, 2003)

"mr. anonymous the point was that i saw a lot of urgency in the comments by these people to view a few paragraphs of alternate opinions. it doesn't matter to me how many people said it, it could've been one person and i most likely would've posted the same comment. plus right now punknews obviously isn't up-to-date on their review posting procedure. it's no big deal, they're usually so consistent that i won't mind at all an occasional lapse in their standard operations. "

The reason that I am so anxious to see another review of this album posted is because I don't believe this it got the fair shake it deserves. Saying this album is anything less than spectacular is doing it an injustice. While I, and others here, know how good of a band the Rx Bandits are, some people have not yet exprienced the Rx Bandits. I would hate to see them not garner the attention they so richly deserve for a release such as this. Writing this album off, based on this review would be a shame for listeners and for the band.

inagreendase (July 21, 2003)

"hahahahaha it's so funny that a mere 3 people have posted comments requesting the other review. Whoa, I guess a person (including myself) that wants to see another interpretation of this album needs to get a life! I mean, man. Posting a one-sentence comment that took about 5 seconds to type is wasting SO much of our lives. "

mr. anonymous the point was that i saw a lot of urgency in the comments by these people to view a few paragraphs of alternate opinions. it doesn't matter to me how many people said it, it could've been one person and i most likely would've posted the same comment. plus right now punknews obviously isn't up-to-date on their review posting procedure. it's no big deal, they're usually so consistent that i won't mind at all an occasional lapse in their standard operations.

p.s. i tried mixing Slice and Pepsi Blue today and it was actually really fucking good. try it.

Anonymous (July 21, 2003)

any band that can be considered ska probably has some police influence. and even though the resignation definitely moves away from ska, there's still a very police-like vibe. good call.

Anonymous (July 21, 2003)

It's probably because a lot of people don't realize how good of a band the Police were. Progress had a big Police influence as well.

bluetunehead (July 21, 2003)

it would have been nice if this review had mentioned how a few tracks on this album show very strong Police influences.

might get a few more people interested in the album. just a thought.

Anonymous (July 20, 2003)

"hahahahaha i cant see why this new review is so important. your life will go on before and after you see " RX Bandits - The Resignation [2] " on the sidebar. isn't there better things to look forward to?"

hahahahaha it's so funny that a mere 3 people have posted comments requesting the other review. Whoa, I guess a person (including myself) that wants to see another interpretation of this album needs to get a life! I mean, man. Posting a one-sentence comment that took about 5 seconds to type is wasting SO much of our lives.

funkisdead (July 20, 2003)

no there isnt.

inagreendase (July 20, 2003)

hahahahaha i cant see why this new review is so important. your life will go on before and after you see " RX Bandits - The Resignation [2] " on the sidebar. isn't there better things to look forward to?

Anonymous (July 20, 2003)

Please post the other review...

Anonymous (July 19, 2003)

Yeah, weren't we supposed to get the other review of this on Friday?

Anonymous (July 19, 2003)

Are you still going to post the second review?

Anonymous (July 19, 2003)

the acoustic recapitulation is ... what are the words... its so good its moving. especially if you get hooked on the cd version. wasting ten bucks is worth those two versions, if you can call it a waste.

Anonymous (July 19, 2003)

ten is a damn good song, 10 coupled with eleven creates a devastating one two punch, and then ending with decrescendo just sums it up. these guys are here to take the image back out of rock.

mcpike (July 19, 2003)

and yet another amazing release by the rx bandits. so good.

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

man, every time i listen to this cd it gets better. everything is improved from drums to vocals. definitely different, but totally fine. and songs 10 and 11 might be one of the best consecutive 2-song combos ever.

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

"What does Aaron play in Link 80?"

Aaron is the trumpet player in Link 80, and lead guitar in DESA.

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

"but just so you know they DID have a full length before halfway between here and there.."

We know.

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

What does Aaron play in Link 80?

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

I just spoke with a local record store and they said the Canadian release date is August 26th. Have any Canadians found this in any stores?

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

By the way, Aaron Nagel (The guy who did the paintings and the new RxB website) plays in 2 bands you should check out
Link 80 (Ska-core)
DESA (Indie rock madness)

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

Bah. The very fact that it was recorded live is revolutionary enough.

The stuff they do with syncopation and counting in "Never Slept So Soundly" and "Republic" is blasphemously cool.

If you have the chance to see this band live, do it. Drive for hours if you have to. They're bringing out an extra drummer for some of their dates, and they've got this wall of percussion going on that it really awesome. I think this band really excels in a live setting. When I first heard them I was unconvinced, after all, they were just a ska band back then. Then I saw them live and it completely changed my perspective of them. And then they released "Progress".....

DTR will never sign a better band. Period.

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

i kind of agree with the review that the album is good but nothing ground breaking...but just so you know they DID have a full length before halfway between here and there..

Imposs1ble (July 18, 2003)

New Thrice is decent, nothing compared to Illusion of Safety, but let's save that conversation for next week.

TahoeJeff (July 17, 2003)

I dont know...the new thrice cd isnt that bad

hey_sailor (July 17, 2003)

"i feel bad for the horn section of RxB. Seems with the progression that they might not be around for the next album." Yeah considering the trombone player actually co-wrote a song on this one? You're a jackass, the horns are VERY present here they are just not as up front as most ska bands and when I saw them I got to talk to the sax player, very cool guy and he was extremely happy with how the album turned out. The bandits will never ditch their horn players, so shut up. Also, to the guy who said the Thrice record was going to rape my grandma...I have the album, it came out on IRC a few nights ago and I really don't like it. Compared to The Resignation it fucking blows. Thrice needs to experiment a little more as their songs are all starting to sound the same. Also, the new CD is really lacking in cool guitar riffs...it pales in comparison to Illusion Of Safety.

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

"The day I got this CD I knew it was good, but there were a few songs I was kind of riding the fence on. Two days later I can't even remember which songs those were as the whole album just sounds great. Progress was the same way for me."

It's been the same way for me. I bought Progress and thought it was okay, but not great. Then I happened to see the RxB live, and it made me appreciate the album so much more. This time, I didn't/don't have the opportunity to see them right after I bought the album, but it's already grown on me so much. Progress was great, but I think this album is much better.

TahoeJeff (July 17, 2003)

I havent heard these guys since the "Brother Can You Spare Some Ska" Compliations that Vegas Records put out in the late 90's. They're sound has improved so much...I may be a little less biased since this is the first album I've really heard by them but I'm impressed. Sell You Beautiful is a rad song, I dont see why people are bashing it. Sure its a little poppy but it doesnt sound the same as everybody else.

i-type-poorly (July 17, 2003)

"where did that sweet regae vibe from progress go"
to The Recapitulation, and Taking Chase As The Serpent Slithers

501 (July 17, 2003)

'' I liked progress but god this is bad... ''

Word.
Maybe I think this sucks cause im still stuck on Mars Volta.

inagreendase (July 17, 2003)

"I'd compare RXB albums to those "Magic Eye" images where you stare at them for awhile trying to find the picture in a bunch of apparent randomness, then suddenly, without warning the whole thing jumps out at you in 3D and you realize it's an intricate work of art."

actually i just cross my eyes a little bit and it pops out. all you have to do is cross your eyes so that one image places itself over the next replication of itself

inagreendase (July 17, 2003)

"Recorded live? Please explain"

it's explained in the comments below...it means they all played together during the recording instead of individually sitting down and recording each part (that would be a lot of fuckin parts anyway)

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

Recorded live? Please explain. I have the CD, and would appreciate it much more. (Than I already do)

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

I don't think you actually listened to the album. It is amazing, and if you listen to each song more than once, you will realize that each song is amazing, and there are no filler songs. They recorded the cd live, how many bands do that. This cd is far better than progress, but it has too much hype to live up to. I think it lived up to that hype. I am amazed by this relase.

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

I dunno, i never really cared for RXB. maybe i need to listen more, like you guys are saying. Some songs, like "Analog Boy," are great listens, but i never really built up an appreciation to buy a record or anything.

In other news, the new Thrice WILL kick you in the face and fuck your grandma, it'll be so good.

sweetsugarpezz (July 17, 2003)

dude, no.

these guys rock though. good album, doodz.

krowdsurf (July 17, 2003)

The day I got this CD I knew it was good, but there were a few songs I was kind of riding the fence on. Two days later I can't even remember which songs those were as the whole album just sounds great. Progress was the same way for me. Lame analogy, but I'd compare RXB albums to those "Magic Eye" images where you stare at them for awhile trying to find the picture in a bunch of apparent randomness, then suddenly, without warning the whole thing jumps out at you in 3D and you realize it's an intricate work of art.

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

Has anybody on here ever ate straight citric acid? I just did. What a trip.

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

Perfectly Said, I'm glad a few people on this site are still open to music itself.

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

To everyone who "gets" RX Bandits, and you know who you are, do you remember how long it took you to truly understand what progress really is? I'm sure it wasnt the first time. And even when you did start to get it, didnt it take another dozen or so listens to really get it and to see the nuance and genius of it. Well give this time as well. We arent going to understand this right away either. The Resignation, much like Progress is a unique original piece of art that happens to be in musical album form. This bring into question why the reviewer spent so much time on the packaging. It doesnt really matter to people who dont get it already. Yes the artwork is very postmodern and has a lot of impact even if you cant understand it. Very much like the bandits music, very powerful even if confusing at times. The other important thing about the packaging is that they use different textures to the paper and design. It just reinforces how the bandits are not a typical band with typical or traditional albums, artwork, packaging, song structure or message. This art is revolutionary in its substance and if it touches you, revolutionary in a political sense. just like good art!!!

To those who dont already get RX Bandits, thats ok, what you need to keep in mind is that this music requires a lot of attention and brain work. The music rewards you for picking up the little things and using your mind. It is challenging, Just like good art, and if you use your brain to try to examine this as art and not just a typical album, then you will probably experience in a different way than you have ever experienced music.

Try to keep an open mind, you may not like this right away. youve probably never heard anything like it before and if we know anything about humans, we dont like whats foreign to us. it makes us uncomfortable, just like good art.

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

i feel bad for the horn section of RxB. Seems with the progression that they might not be around for the next album. where did that sweet regae vibe from progress go. still a good cd though

inagreendase (July 16, 2003)

"it's just a CD full of songs u hear, skip the last 30 seconds of cause they drag, then forget about how the song even went. I liked progress but god this is bad..."

i completely disagree, the day after i got this cd (today) i had listened to it just three times and watched the dvd once, and at work i couldn't get about a million lines out of my head. "we've had enough, of these politican's wars/we've had enough, of these military scoreboards" - how the hell can you not remember those lines?? they're only repeated like seven times

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

whoops, overstatement...i meant to say rxB are a little bit better than movielife in my opinion...sorry

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

I agree that the movielife are one of the better (more listenable) bands on drive-thru and it's a shame that they even signed to drive thru. This time next year is such a good album, and I need to go and buy it again since i lost it. Gambling Problem was a horrible CD but i think they still can gain their credibility back. Movielife isnt anywhere near as good as RXB but theyre still pretty good.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

whats wrong with a 58 minute jam session? especiall coming from the rxbandits, this is real untapped shit, if youve seen "those damn bandits" live, youd know they love to jam, and im sure if you asked them, most of the tracks on this cd are products of jam sessions, the review doesnt do this cd justice, also, I BETTER NOT HERE ANYONE SAY MORE SKA NOT ENOUGH SKA, its a good arguement for ltj, but the bandits are a different story, its hard to explain but they are going for a diff. sound its not like they ditched ska cuz it wasnt cool, its just differnt. and also, does anyone think the last song might be a sequel to "get" they both have a similar message. also, what would you classify this cd as? i can only say unclassifyable. its truely a masterpiece

i-type-poorly (July 16, 2003)

"It's like a 55 min jam session by musicians who can barely play their instruments."
But you *liked* Progress!?

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

When I first bought Progress, It was a day before the Rx/NFG/Starting Line show in Minneapolis. I was so disapointed with the record. The next day, at the show, I was surprised to find myself singing to all the songs. It just took a while for Progress to grow on me. And when I listened to "The Resignation" CD yesterday. I was once again disapointed. But today I threw it in with a more open mind, and realized that this Cd is pretty artistic. Much more complex than Progress, and also carrying much better music. I think everybody's problem with this Cd is that its not as catchy.

Also, the artwork is phenomenal.

My advice: Let it grow on you.

Radam

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

this is a little ways down there but speaking of the best closers of all time you got to give it up to "the apollo program was a hoax" (i think thats the name of the song, i'm forgetful) by refused. booya, that song is fucking amazing.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

mommy should buy you a calendar instead of the thrice cd.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

I must be the only one who thinks this CD is awful. It's like a 55 min jam session by musicians who can barely play their instruments. Maybe that's too vague, but it's just a CD full of songs u hear, skip the last 30 seconds of cause they drag, then forget about how the song even went. I liked progress but god this is bad...

funkisdead (July 16, 2003)

man, this time next year wasn't even fucking released on drive thru...

hey_sailor (July 16, 2003)

I know I have complained enough about this review, but now I'm seeing Falling Down The Mountain as a highlight and DEFINATELY not filler material...the chorus is so fucking good.

inagreendase (July 16, 2003)

"all i have to say is listen to this time next year, because it is one amazing cd"

definitely. best cd drive-thru never put out. the score is for this time next year

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

I got an email from Drive Thru saying that they sent my CD yesterday (the release date) after I preordered a week ago. So why did I pre-order again? Fuck those guys.

Oh yeah, the Bandits still kick serious ass.

GregSka (July 16, 2003)

When I saw them play, their set was mostly ska and reggae songs. In my opinion that's what they do best

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

this website sucks- how can a nicotine cd get a better review than the rx bandits????? that is crap...rx bandits are mre musically talented than half the crappy bands reviewed on this site. ignorant reviewers...

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

asheron sabo- you really have abslutely no idea what you are talking about...learn what good music is. this album is amazing.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

Im swerving to agree with this 'progress part 2' comment , but the chances are you're little reviews would still be whinging if they'd changed their sound again in a the same way Progress was completly different to Halfway..Rx have found a style that they are genius at, so they'd be fucking stupid not to keep at it. What were you looking for? This new version of 'Masteing the list' sucks. The original had more 'rock out' to it, but so far thats my only complaint. Rx Bandits are the best band i have ever heard/seen in all my brief life.
the end.
clare UK

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

"I can relate with the reviewers feelings. I've only listened through it once, but it really does feel like Progress part 2. It's good, but more of the same."

This is noticably different from progress.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

Amazing.

The album is a little difficult to get into, but once you get it, the groove doesn't stop. And that's how the RxBandits are... that's what I love the most about them. It takes a few listens and then you realize they put out the most unique and amazing music today.

Cheers!

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

hey, stop ripping on the movielife. who ever said that they stole the spot light from new found glory is far from the truth. the only reason they would ever be compared to nfg is because the ep they released (has a gambling prob). that ep completely screwed their sound over, hell, they didnt even like their own ep. though they arent as good as the bandits, they are pretty close, and i highly doubt 12-15 yr. olds would like them after their new release. Everyone should give this band a listen, because i know their ep made a lot of people not like them. all i have to say is listen to this time next year, because it is one amazing cd. with that being said, rx bandits completely rule all and the new cd is too amazing for its own good

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

"the way it fades out the same way the album starts is beyond artistic."

That's an example of something being artistic? Ok...

FortyMinutesWest (July 16, 2003)

Your spelling of asinine is asinine.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

of course we all have our own opinions, but the comments about the movielife and finch being better than the bandits are assanine.
and as for decrescendo being the ultimate closer, i have to say infection is a far better closer. the way it fades out the same way the album starts is beyond artistic. and if we're talking best closers of all time, doin' time on sublime's self-titled...aaaahhhhh.
but i really have nothing negative to say about the resignation.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

i completely agree with hey_sailor on everything he/she had to say.and this made me laugh a lot, a whole lot...

"wow... i haven't heard this yet, but who cares? i think the movielife are the only decent band on drive thru."

but i guess it's what you get when bands are out for like a year and take over new found glory's spot as coolest punk band for ages 12-15.

-jor.

i-type-poorly (July 15, 2003)

Well i'm not floored, but should i have been so selfish and consider that a dissapointment. This album is insane! The structures and tempo changes make this the most unpredictable album to come out thus far this year.
But the problem is while all that wild stuff that makes you go "holy shit" is cool, it doesn't stick. I don't feel as part of it like i did with progress. The way i see it is Progress was a dance, while this album is a rollercoaster ride.
The jams and melodies of progress made for a really catchy, yet intelligent album. it was perfect. This album doesn't wait up for you. The only thing this album takes from Progress is production and hardcore influences.
With all that bieng said, The Recapitulation is awesomeness. Mastering has been tinkered with so much it has lost its edge. Falling Down the Mountain and Dinna-Dawg change melodies too much to enjoy. And Decrscendo is the ultimate closer! Those last 15 seconds, holy shit. (it beats out Infection, because i consider the entire album to have no beginning or end)

thriceequalsgod (July 15, 2003)

"the 'progress' of their sound from "progress" to "Halfway..""

whoooops meant "the 'progress' of their sound from "Halfway..." to "Progress"

hey_sailor (July 15, 2003)

it's very true that they recorded it live to quote Matt on the DVD interview "if you're a real band, you ought to be able to play your songs." I still can't get ove the kid who think Finch is better than the Bandits. God help us all.

thriceequalsgod (July 15, 2003)

"I can relate with the reviewers feelings. I've only listened through it once, but it really does feel like Progress part 2. It's good, but more of the same."

this does not sound like progress part 2 at all. this is a constant transformation of the bandits. the 'progress' of their sound from "progress" to "Halfway..". when i heard sell yourself beautiful, i said to myself "well, yeah... this is what comes next after progress..." I think the reviewer should have listened to this album a little more before he reviewed this album. i also think he should have used less references to other bands/albums in the review. i for one, think this review was really really bad, and whoever posted this should have waited for a better review and put it out on friday, because this is not accurate..

i think this album is really really good... i think it just takes a little time for some of it to sink in. you also have to be in a mellow kind of mood, and its like gold..

im extremely impressed that they recorded this live, because i have never heard of doing that on a studio album, and especially with this quality, im just amazed..

as for being the best band on (we dont say these words here) records, there is no question. this is by far the most talented, and best sounding band on this label. finch and the movielife are both decent though.

rocksolidaudio (July 15, 2003)

great album, decent review. i wish you had gone into their sound a bit more. if it's true that they recorded it 'live' than man i'm even more impressed. quality stuff.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

oh yeah and she has no female reproductive organs

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

upon review of the album i have come to the following conclusion:

the woman on the cover requires serious medical attention. she has numerous conditions i'm wary of and i think constant monitoring and potential emergency treatment is called for

her problems i believe include the follwing:

(a)her abdomen is transparent
(b)her abdominal viscera are absent
(c)she has a brain where a normal person would have a heart
(d)other various medical issues

hey_sailor (July 15, 2003)

The comment below me was made by a 4 year old ape.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

The RX Bandits have been around for about seven years and are by far the only talented band on their label.

I would SO completely agree with that remark if it hadn't been talking about the RX Bandits and you hadn't forgotten that Finch and the Movielife just so happen to be on Drive-Thru.

So as it stands, I think you're kinda full of shit.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I like this album so far.
I bought it today because i very liked their ecard on the Drive Thru website.
if you like the previous album , you can't dislike this one, this is 100% Rx bandits style.
The packaging is amazing, double digipak, dvd, for the same price than an ordinary cd, I think it's cool ...
For those who complain about the mail order stuff, I have prefered to buy it in a store today because I knew that the labels never send albums before the release date, simply because of the pirates out there !

inagreendase (July 15, 2003)

wait...there was never a "the" in their name...

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I can relate with the reviewers feelings. I've only listened through it once, but it really does feel like Progress part 2. It's good, but more of the same.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I get what you are saying but once a band has found their place (as the Bandits did with Progress) there is really no need to completely change styles again. I think they just added a lot more depth to what they had established.

-hey_sailor (at work)

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

sorry about how that came out, too much spacing.

Asheron

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

(warning, there is NO sarcasm at ALL in this reply)

Well, thanks everyone for the positive or negative feedback. I wish I could please everyone but that's a hard thing to do. Hey_sailor, please do write a review, we need more opinions.

It is my feeling that the packaging and design is just an another extension of the band as "artists." That is why I mention all that stuff.
I then left out the DVD cuz I decided just to do the CD and packaging. Also, sorry about the discrepancies with the discography, folks.

Finally I have listened to this CD about four more full times since the review and still fill the same. I like the album and look forward to learning to play Newstand Rock and Sell You Beautiful, but I still like Progress most of all. Maybe in time, this will change *shrugs*. I look forward to the review on friday for another opinion. Until then, bash or praise my review with delight.

Asheron

hey_sailor (July 15, 2003)

I've now listened to it through 3 times and I wish this review could be deleted, it's going to turn a lot of people off to a great album. DON'T LISTEN TO THIS GUY! Give this a listen before you judge.

r-punk (July 15, 2003)

i dont think its really fair to try and compare this album to what progress was at its time (i know it was only two years ago) but its pretty tough to come up with something as fresh and new as progress was. they nearly reinvented themselves with that album and you can only go through so many transformations ya know. the album is really close though, i think i like it more than progress, but i wouldn't say that its a better album than progress was if that makes any sense. hopefully the next review will give this cd a bit more justice.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

this cd blows me away, its absolutely amazing, and i think the rxb crew would tell you its everything they wanted and more, progress was a very strong release as well, but now, i think the boys from seal beach have found there niche, the cd sends a strong message, its original, and it truelly brings out the talent this band possesses, g-d bless the pharmecuetical bandits

evildeadalive (July 15, 2003)

Saw these guys live the other day. Wow... those are some talented mofos. Seriously. They were just creating like 6 minute intros for each song on the spot, and they were friggin perfect. These guys have the talent to play any form of music they want, and play it good.

inagreendase (July 15, 2003)

"If you don't dig/agree with this review, we have another one in the queue but it won't run till Friday..."

since you missed an update on friday, wouldn't you put ten new reviews up anyway?

oh, and i kinda agree with the review. i thought it was a flat-out amazing cd after the first four songs and then after that it was good, but not as the before stuff...still, three stars is a little low, and you picked some of the worst lines in "mastering the list", not highlighting two of the best -

"you might as well get a barcode tattooed on your arm / cause convenience has strangled art in every form'

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Hey, Progress wasn't their sophmore album. It was their junior. Those Damn Bandits was the first, then Halfway. . ., then so on and so on. Unless you're being literal in the fact that it was the RX Bandits, and not pharmaceutical. blah blah blah

krowdsurf (July 15, 2003)

The DVD has 3 live songs on it (Progress, Sell You Beautiful, and I forgot the other as I just got it this morning and don't have it on me). It's also got an accoustic solo performance by Matt in his mom's garage doing "Overcome", a short interview with him, and a few live and studio photos. It's ok, but the audio track is out of sync with the footage on my copy.

I've been listening to this album throughout the day. It keeps getting better and better.

funkisdead (July 15, 2003)

man, the movielife fuckin rocked a million years ago. when did the bandits rock?
i guess i better check this album out before i keep talking shit, but the older stuff never appealed to me.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

the rx bandits are great. the resignation is great. this review sucks.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

what is on the dvd?? thanks for talking about that fucker

aubin (July 15, 2003)

If you don't dig/agree with this review, we have another one in the queue but it won't run till Friday...

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Whoops. Two below me.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Guy below me:

That's fine by us. Stick to your thrice.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

This score is for the Bandits in general, as I have not had the chance to listen to the album (which I bought today) in its entirety yet.

I agree that the fact that this was recorded live is very impressive. There are a lot of bands that I like and respect, but at the same time, I know most of them could not have pulled this off.

This review was mediocre. It spent more time complaining about the size of the font in the lyric booklet (which is pretty small) than the actual faults of the album.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Thrice comes out the 22nd, not the 25th. Never heard the RX Bandits and they don't sound too interesting.

hey_sailor (July 15, 2003)

Oh yeah, the fact that this album was recorded live (as in the whole band playing together) impresses me beyond belief, anyone writing these guys off just because of their label needs to shut the fuck up...this is raw talent.

hey_sailor (July 15, 2003)

I'm sure you guys got a better review then this piece of shit...C'mon the guy complains about the size of the lyrics. If you haven't then I just might have to write my first review ever. This album is fucking incredible, I loved Progress but this is lightyears beyond that album. The fact that they now have 2 main songwriters allows them to branch out into every genre and masterfully combine the best of each. I saw them live on this last tour and I only regret is that they didn't play more of this new stuff. IN-FUCKING-CREDIBLE. This reviewer has only liked them since they made it big with Progress and seems to see that album as a basis of comparison so PLEASE someone else review this properly so I don't have to...

JustinsFanClub (July 15, 2003)

it was 9 bucks at best buy, with the dvd, but no dtr sticker. i dont really care about the sticker.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

This is their 4th album. Their first was Those Darn Bandits.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Gotta love wimpy socialist ska bands.

-BSD

ramo (July 15, 2003)

"i think the movielife are the only decent band on drive thru"

wow i don't even know what to say. how bout...no.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Did you guys kiss and make-up with Drive-Thru? I thought for their bands you put "label" next to the review?

Bah, who cares.

-sickboi

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Yeah, my score is for Drive-Thru.

I'm not a Drive-Thru basher at all. But, come on. Like the previous poster, I pre-ordered this album early last week (Monday, I think). I don't have it today. I realize it's nit-picking, but if I'm pre-ordering a CD, the least you can do is get it to me on the day it comes out. Why did I even bother? I'm glad I'm not the only one frustrated by this. I would have just bought it at my local record store today.

Anyways, it's RXB, so I'm sure I'll like it, this sorta thing bugs me though.

-Painaxl

krowdsurf (July 15, 2003)

I sort of agree with this review. I think this album contains some of the best songs the Bandits have ever written, but the 2 or 3 "rock" songs sound too watered down in comparison. It's still one of the best albums I've heard in a long time by one of my favorite bands, so I wasn't disappointed at all.

On a side note: I preordered this CD from "the label" with the understanding it would arrive before the release date. I got it this morning. So essentially I paid $17 (with S&H) to get a cd I could have bought the same day at Best Buy or Tower Records for $12 or less. Oh wait, it came with a sticker. Thanks a lot...fuckers.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Rx Bandits are some of the most genuine and talented guys out there. They also put on an excellent show. There are 6 guys in the band, and they play flawlessly, effortlessly, perfectly in sync. Awesome band, great message, great music. Much respect to them.

funkisdead (July 15, 2003)

wow... i haven't heard this yet, but who cares? i think the movielife are the only decent band on drive thru.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

this band rocks, but this album is a little too weak for me.

-dave-

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I wouldn't walk across the street to piss on this band if they were on fire

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