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Worthless United

Worthless United: A Nation UnderA Nation Under (2003)
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Worthless United accomplish something that many `77 styled street punks never manage to do: they've developed a sound that is completely their own. While still heavily indebted to The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers, the band has successfully infused their sound with elements of Bruce Springsteen / N.
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Worthless United accomplish something that many `77 styled street punks never manage to do: they've developed a sound that is completely their own. While still heavily indebted to The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers, the band has successfully infused their sound with elements of Bruce Springsteen / Neil Young styled heartland rock. While they still have room to grow and improve as a band, this record catapults Worthless United away from the limitations and boundaries other street punk acts impose on themselves.

As they displayed on last year's ??I Am Nothing' EP, vocalists Dave Colantoni and Zak Kaplan share a Strummer / Jones relationship in their songs. The higher, smoother vocals of one singer contrast the lower, gravelly sound of the other. It's a similar approach as what Rancid uses and it works equally well here. There are a few moments on slower tracks when the vocals don't quite fit with the tone of the songs, but these little imperfections give the record a lot of its charm.

Scrappy punk tracks like ??I Am Nothing' and ??Ghost' call to mind similar offerings from the Bouncing Souls and The Forgotten. Formerly recorded as a fast punk anthem, ??Oh Sweetheart' is remade as a folky ballad and turns out to be one of the most moving tracks on the album. Tunes like ??That Song' and ??On And On' are perfect examples of the band's successful incorporation of American trad rock into their sound. My only major qualm with ??A Nation Under' the recording at times lacks the punch some of the tracks need (any likely have when played live).

While Social Distortion and Sixer have similarly mixed their punk with southern rock, Worthless United take on the largely untapped well of influence from working class singer / songwriters. The result is one of those rare street punk albums that gives something fresh to the genre.

 

 
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punkrocker810 (May 22, 2004)

a fuckin incredible cd by an incredible band. such a shame that they broke up. bands that have formed from worthlesss are miss tk and the revenge, drag citizen, and the ratchets. if any of these bands come near you, check em out.
RIP Worthless united

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

probably will go down as one of the most underated albums of the year. just good catchy punk rock and roll, with really good brakdowns in all the songs. they also kick ass live, their lead singer pulls out the moves like a white james brown or something, and i swear to god their drummer must in some way be related to davy havok of afi. but yeah anyway this cd is very good, great cd to listen to while driving

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

These guys do what Rancids been doing, except better. I really don't care that much about them, cos they are nothing new.

-BSD

sonicice (August 12, 2003)

I know they will steal the show. Not only is the record (and their previous releases) excellent, but their live show kicks fucking ass.

Tim-PunkInternational (August 12, 2003)

This album is great. It really grows on you. I think this band will steal the show from Hot Water Music and Bouncing Souls.

sonicice (August 12, 2003)

this is a great cd put out by some great guys. i'm actually travelling 6 hours or so across the border to canada to see them play w/ the bouncing souls & hot water music this weekend.

blaubs21 (August 12, 2003)

i love that "I Am Nothing" song....so good.

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