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Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes: A Fistful of Revolution/Stars and SkullsA Fistful of Revolution/Stars and Skulls (2003)
A-F Records

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Contributed by: _AdamSocial
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Once upon a time, a long time ago (2001), in a far away place (Pittsburgh, PA) I was a concert promoter. One night, I had a show with The Lawrence Arms (at the time, who were completely unknown), and I had my strong local drawing band cancel on me a few hours before the show. I made a post to the.

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Once upon a time, a long time ago (2001), in a far away place (Pittsburgh, PA) I was a concert promoter. One night, I had a show with The Lawrence Arms (at the time, who were completely unknown), and I had my strong local drawing band cancel on me a few hours before the show.

I made a post to the messageboards at www.pittpunk.com, and within about 30 minutes I get a phonecall.

**RING**

Me: "Hello?"
Voice: "ADAM!!! This is Chris #2 from Anti-Flag, I hear you need a band for your show tonight?!?"

At this point, I'm virtually creaming my pants, thinking that I'm going to be having Anti-Flag playing an intimate show, on a few hours notice.

Chris: "My new band, Whatever it Takes would love to play."

At this point, I'm let down a tiny bit, only because I jumped to conclusions, but I agree to let them play, and thus begins the WIT REVOLUTION, playing this, and numerous shows at the local smaller venues around town.

A full length and 3 EP's were put out.... all of which they released themselves, and put out of print relatively quickly. Pretty good stuff, probably some of the best poppier punk/melodic hardcore to come out of Pittsburgh at that point.

Then Anti-Flag went out on the Warped Tour, and WIT took a backseat for a few months.

Fast forward til early autumn 2001, at a show, Chris hands me a copy of a burned CD, with the letters "WIT" written in sharpie on it, and says, "This is our new CD, have a listen."

This CD would go on to become, "A Fistful of Revolution"

Molding Chris #2's vocals (which if you're a fan of Anti-Flag, you're familiar with) with musical stylings that lie somewhere between Hot Water Music and Lifetime, and some of the most personal lyrics I've ever had the privalidge of reading, Whatever it Takes is truly something special.

Songs like "Green Light, Yellow Light, Stop," "Post Marked Yesterday," and "Apt 2, 4AM Friday," touch on getting to know yourself better, which has always been a general theme of the band.

"Not So Metal," and "Cold of Winter," touch on relationship issues, and there are even a handful of political songs on this CD.

A few months, and a very successful tour with Thursday and Saves the Day later, and Whatever it Takes went back into the studio, and recorded the SUPER-LIMITED (300 copies ever pressed) "Stars & Skulls" EP, which sold out in a matter of weeks.

The songs on the EP are a bit more mature than the full-length, but the overall recording quality was a bit on the lacking side, which in a way, added to the charm of the disc.

A-F has packaged all of these songs onto one CD, for those of you who missed the boat on the original releases (or live somewhere that Whatever it Takes has never toured), along with some new artwork, and had it remastered, which adds a whole new layer of quality.

So what does it sound like? There's something for everyone on this CD... emotional songs, hardcore songs, punk songs, acoustic songs... you'll just have to hear for yourself.

Whatever it Takes is currently writing new songs, and playing sporadic shows in the area, while Anti-Flag is working on putting out their new full length.... once things slow down a bit for the Flag, Whatever it Takes will be back rocking in full effect.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (January 8, 2005)

hell the fuck ass yeah... im in love with #2

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

PPS. Say hello to a 3rd show in Chicago with Rise Against and A-F Records band Much The Same on September 5.

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

p.s this one of the two shows they are playing this summer.

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

WIT are cool guys. Iv'e met them a few times. they are playing August 9th in Johnstown, PA w/ Pipedown and Aversion Therapy.

www.meanstreakrock.com/taw/mdr

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

"domino's? chris #2 here... from anti-flag... right. i would like a pizza. no cheese."

This is funny

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

"domino's? chris #2 here... from anti-flag... right. i would like a pizza. no cheese."

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

This "review" was one big name drop. Congragulations.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

I was gonna review this great great album, but you stole it.

KirbyPuckett (August 5, 2003)

Adam is the man!

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(Pittsburgh...w00t!)

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

this review is more like an advertisment if you ask me.

Hate, Jesus

Kevin11 (August 5, 2003)

Based on what i've heard, I really like these guys. Anyone else find it funny that Chris #2 actually says he's Chris #2 on the phone with people he knows? It's like if you were friends with Steve Austin and he always called you and said "HEY THIS IS STONE COLD"...maybe. Wrestling is lame.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

nobody cares that you used to promote shows bro. your livejournal is pretty hilarious, though.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

They toured with Saves the Day and Thursday. I thought that was a bit odd, but you know...it's music.

lieutenant (August 5, 2003)

This is an AMAZING album. If you're looking for great melodic punk/hardcore that tips its hats to Kid Dynamite and Lifetime, you should really check this album out. It's crunchy, sloppy at times, but lyrically and musically sincere and so great to listen to. I am not trying to sell you this disc, I just love the songs so much. This is not Anti-Flag and it is not the influencial bands I just listed, but it's sure something special. Now let's hug.

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