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Keystone All-Stars

Keystone All-Stars: Once... And YoungOnce... And Young (2003)
Jump Start Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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I don't know what would make someone proud enough of Pennsylvania to make a reference to it in their band name. I hate it here, but I guess this band actually enjoys this state. Keystone All-Stars have been kicking around the state for a while, for around 5 years they've been touring the state quit.


I don't know what would make someone proud enough of Pennsylvania to make a reference to it in their band name. I hate it here, but I guess this band actually enjoys this state. Keystone All-Stars have been kicking around the state for a while, for around 5 years they've been touring the state quite extensively. But until now they've always been relegated to the "heard of them, maybe I'll check them out some day" part of my mind. That of course was changed when I got "Once..And Young" in the mail.

This album chock full of blue collar, punk ‚??n roll, sing along anthems that are sometimes similar to bands like The Dropkick Murphys. The album starts off strong with "Concrete Rollers", a song about city ordinances that attempt to bar skateboarders from the streets. Yeah, that doesn't sound like an interesting concept for a song, but this band manages to pull it off by turning the whole thing into a story. My personal favorite track on the album would have to be "United". I don't think a truer song has ever been written about Western PA, I don't even know if any song at all has been written about Western PA. "United" covers the struggles of this area, documenting the closing of the factories, mills, and mines that have left so many jobless. The band takes a break from the straight up punk rock for the title track, "Once‚?¶And Young" by adding some acoustic guitar. Again, they pull it off well with their story styled lyricism.

"The promise of a new day, once so arrogant and gold, now made antique by the dust of slow decay, and the bitterness that has made its home on my weary tongue is a memory that once upon a time we had a dream." Everything on here very easy to relate to, it's not overly complex but it's still very well written. This might be one of the more pleasant surprises so far this year, I certainly wasn't expecting much from this band.

Another solid release from Jump Start, this label has really been going strong lately. It's always nice to see good bands come out of my neck of the woods, especially because it doesn't happen very often. If working class, sing along, punk rock is your thing, look no further than Keystone All-Stars.

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vocalyouth (January 14, 2005)

I've seen these dudes countless times and they are good guys who continually write good records. FortyMinutesWest, greensburg is a culutral hotbed, I mean really. I used to go to alot of shows at the Rally Alley in latrobe when I was in High School, and have been to a few greensburg shows, but not in a long time, do they even do shows down there anymore?

-vocalyouth
from the cultural hotbed of Johnstown

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Brian Dumm is one of THE best songwriters out there. Sadly, few people outside of PA know how hard these guys rock.

501 (August 31, 2003)

its the WV kids that really dance funny

unconcerned (August 31, 2003)

Great band... Great album... it's a damned shame about what happened to Chris's store...

Kids in PA dance funny

sickboi (August 29, 2003)

Well, all I gotta say is if you are gonna flaunt an old-scholl board in your video, it has to be the classic Mike McGill.

(you know, snake in the skull?)

FortyMinutesWest (August 29, 2003)

I live near the cultural hotbed of Greensburg.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

this guys kick ass, awesome cover of rebel rouser

andrewlikefire (August 29, 2003)

fortyminuteswest, where are you from?

GreenVandal (August 29, 2003)

wow...those were some good lyrics. I didnt expect much after looking at the album cover art.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

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