Streetlight Manifesto - Everything Goes Numb (Cover Artwork)

Streetlight Manifesto

Streetlight Manifesto: Everything Goes NumbEverything Goes Numb (2003)
Victory Records

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Despite all the rumors circulating about how this album was going to be "Keasbey Nights 2", anyone who merely wrote Streetlight Manifesto off to that fact has no idea what they are missing. "Keasbey Nights" was my original all-time ska album, but "Everything Goes Numb" has dethroned it. This album.
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Despite all the rumors circulating about how this album was going to be "Keasbey Nights 2", anyone who merely wrote Streetlight Manifesto off to that fact has no idea what they are missing. "Keasbey Nights" was my original all-time ska album, but "Everything Goes Numb" has dethroned it. This album isn't just "Keasbey Nights 2"; it blows "Keasbey Nights" out of existence.

The song, "Everything Went Numb" has been in low bit rate mp3 form for quite a while, and the album doesn't really kick off until the second song "That'll Be the Day." It has got some infectious horns that help dictate the speed, which is fast even for most song. The song has a very Catch 22 feel, which is no surprise considering three of the members have graduated from Catch 22. The song also features some fantastic drums that manage to keep the speed up throughout the song while also throwing in some little fancy tricks (the double bass towards the end being my personal favorite).

The following song "Point/Counterpoint" features some of the most ridiculously fast singing in existence. This song truly showcases Tomas' vocal talents, as not only can he sing insanely fast, but he can also articulate every word insanely well. It also showcases his lyrics nicely, with one of the greatest choruses. "I've got a gun in my hand but the gun won't cock/ my finger's on the trigger but that trigger seems locked/ and I can't stop staring at the tick tock clock/ and even if I could I would never give up/ with a vest on my chest and a bullet in my lung/I can't believe I'm dying with this song unsung..." with more following at a blistering pace. The song is pure ska fun, good horns, creative bass lines, and guitars not taking a prominent stage (instead replaced by excellent backing vocals).

The song "A Moment of Silence" is a nice abrupt change from the standard frantic speed of the album. Although the song eventually speeds up, the beginning paints an incredibly vivid picture that just made me imagine the band playing in some smoky, run-down, lounge full of working class drunks. A lot of the horns get their own chance to shine separately in several solos throughout the song. Despite the fact that the overall speed of the song is 1/100 of the rest of the album, it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, but rather is one of the shining tracks.

Throw in a nice little cover of "Here's to Life" (the original is much better) and there is not a single song on this "Everything Goes Numb" that is worth skipping over. This album is one of the best to come out this year, and one of the (if not THE) best ska albums to come out in awhile. As sad as I was to see Tomas leave Catch 22, I think he has found a better calling in Streetlight Manifesto.


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pokinatcha (June 1, 2012)

I'm late to the party since I took a hiatus, but let me please add: this album is fucking brilliant. I cannot praise it highly enough. It transcends and overcomes all of the cliched bullishit that grew tiresome and boring in third wave ska. Its an incredible album and should be recognized as such.

ifgabeldiesiwilldie (December 30, 2008)

First off i really like this album.
But i honestly wonder if you can call this SKA punk. i mean it doesn't have ska anything but horns and even those dont sound ska they sound almost latin influence. so this is punk w/ horns but not ska punk

nonicknameatall (November 18, 2008)

love this album! its so great.
i personally think that the fact that tomas uses distortion sometimes adds to the album, makes it more dynamic, not just all ska all the time.
but were all entiteld to our opinions :)
im going to see this band in a month and a half.
soo excited!!

jt (July 20, 2007)

its really different from most of the ska-punk bands out there like LTJ and Big D. This shit is mad complex, and i dig.

Anonymous (July 18, 2007)

At the risk of sounding out of place on a punk site, this album has too much punk on it. Im a big fan of ska-punk, but it really just doesnt work with this band (that one punk song right in the middle of Keasbey Nights knocks the entire album down a rung or two). Every time I listen to this I cringe when the distorted gits come in, because the music is great besides that. I can only imagine how great this album with be if Tomas's distortion pedal was stolen with all that equiptment...

neffernin (June 6, 2007)

Among the best ska albums released, Tomas Kalokney is a very talented singer and songwriter. Combined with a very talented group = musical goodness.

As for comparing this to keasby nights, they are both very great albums and both have their different strengths. Which album do I like more? Good question, I've probably listened to both equally (though I tend to skip "Kristina" on KN and don't skip any songs on EWN)

Rice (May 1, 2007)

This is way too overproduced. Get Keasbey first.

TheSkaBoss (November 1, 2006)

loved this cd, listened to it a ton

kill_fftl (July 3, 2006)

perfect 10

by the way if you think "Point/Counterpoint" has the fastest vocals you should listen to The Flatliners "there's a problem" and i bet you will change your mind lol

KungPowza (May 29, 2006)

By far the best album purchase I've ever made. Here's to hoping that the next true Streetlight album will be even better.

Anonymous (April 26, 2006)

this is one of the best records EVER!

rylo6 (March 23, 2006)

This CD freakin rules, We Are The Few is one of the greatest songs in existence. Can't wait to here next album.

Bryno (March 10, 2006)

Now, I love my Streetlight just like I love my old catch22, but come on. This definately sounds like keasbey nights 2.0. The problem is, the songs on the streetlight cd average almost 4 minutes for absolutely no reason. If they were around 2 this album would be as good or better than keasbey, but since the songs are so damn long for no particular reason, this effort is not as good.

Anonymous (February 26, 2006)

rocks... rocks... rocks... sat on my shelf until recently, and then blew me away.

i CANNOT wait for Keasby Knights to get re-released under these guys. and a tour... the last time i saw them was a crowd of like 30 of the most fucking energetic fans i've seen. it was almost like a hardcore show, minus the throwdown, but multiply the pile ons.

fuck yes.

Outsyder (February 8, 2006)

Hilarious, because their next album IS Keasby Nights v.2

Godfather (October 6, 2005)

i am so glad i checked these guys out.....i have a tendency to hate ska bands before i hear them, but these guys are awesome...i found myself singing along on the third listen....cant wait for another record

derekjeter7774 (January 22, 2005)

Any news on a new Streetlight manifesto CD?

WeeklyStore (September 7, 2004)

I actually just heard this cd for the first time about 3 days after they played a show here, which I'm not kicking myself for not going because this is the best cd that I've heard in a while. Rarely do you get a whole cd with all amazing songs and no songs that you skip over. One of the best cds I own, coming from someone who listens to very little ska, never really heard Catch 22 before, and really only keeps a Lillingtons cd on repeat. Great cd.

skad4life (August 12, 2004)

this seriously is my favorite ska cd ever, before it was link 80's - 17 reasons, but Streetlight Manifesto has proved themselves quite well, and I actually saw them live a couple of days ago and they KICKED ASS :)

boomer (August 9, 2004)

this is the greatest album ever made!!!!! these guys have so much talent that its not even funny!!!!!

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

Saying that this album blows away Keasbey Nights is completely wrong. Absolutely wrong. That album was Catch 22's best undoubtedly, and in my opinion one of the best third wave ska albums ever released. This album doesn't even touch Keasbey Nights.

It's a pretty good CD, I find all the songs to just weave together. Seems like 1 big song on an entire CD. Still it is all very well put together and a good debut for Streetlight.

NoUse (July 24, 2004)

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skabat (June 9, 2004)

everything said in this article is exactly true its one of the most kick ass albums ive ever heard. not to mention streetlight is my favorite band. "a better place, a better time" and "Big Sleep" are the best songs ive ever heard.

Anonymous (May 8, 2004)

A Match and Some Gasoline cannot compare with Destruction by Definition or Battle Hymns.

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

By far one of the best ska cd's to come out in along time. Defintely better than the new catch 22. I f you don't have it you should feel deprived.

gutterhippo (October 15, 2003)

to the guy below me, I've had that SHJ USA album for 2 or 3 years now, and I still love it! I just bought the Streetlight Manifesto yesterday, and I can already tell that they have something really special here. Right now, I think that the "Everything Goes Numb" is better then "Songs from Suberbia," but I kinda think it's comparing apples and oranges. The Spring Heeled Jack album is more of a showcase of the best thing to come out of ska of the past. The Streetlight album is the new wave of ska. If this album doesn't save ska, I don't know what will

Anonymous (September 17, 2003)

i hear great things about this album, i totally love catch 22, i am cheap as hell, if you can tell me honest that this cd is better than Spring heeled jack usa's(best 3rd wave ska ever) Songs from suburbia i will buy this cd

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

fucking amazing cd. get it if you don't have it

Anonymous (September 8, 2003)

DBD is one of my of favorite albums of all time, all i am saying is the new album sounds OK but it doesn't move me the way DBD and Battle Hymes did and still does. It has some heavy shit and some ska like stuff, but it lacks the blend of the two that made DBD kick so much ass. And the heavy stuff, in my opinion, doesn't compare to Battle Hymes either. Damn, am I the only one?

NOFXPunkLTJ22 (September 7, 2003)

Oh well, everyone ignore the kid that said the suicide machines album is bad. He is an idiot. The new CD is better than DBD.

Anonymous (September 5, 2003)

Fuck yes that quote is great. I love the Blue Meanies.


dom_ (September 4, 2003)

How about we just add this album to the 3rd wave ska bunch ok? But that will never take away what the Blue Meanies said: 'We're not your usual ska whatever punk ska punk core ska whatever thing, so hope you didn't come to see it, we have a new term for our style of music', 'What is it?', 'Its called music', 'Thank you, thank you for coming to listen to music'.

GregSka (September 4, 2003)

It's really simple: the music they play is ska-punk

Jon_the_Skafather (September 4, 2003)

anonymous(since you didn't leave a name for me to address you as),

i agree about the diversity of the album but i believe that labeling it a ska album isn't a detriment to the album but more an augmentation to the genre and proof of what the genre could do. as far as sounding like keasby nights goes: i think that alot of the music is in the same writing style but more developed. point/counterpoint for example sounds very much like it could have been on keasby nights...i mean the song essentially sounds like keasby nights part II. i'm not trying to rob this album of any credit or potential because i love this album but those are my views about the stuff being discussed.

Anonymous (September 4, 2003)

P.P.S -- This is my score of the new suicide machines with the last two albums they released factored in. I listened to like 8 of the new suicide machine songs, and i was happy to see them attempt at their old sound of D by D and some of battle hymes, but that attempt fell quite a bit short. I listened to them for maybe one day, two tops -- album of the year? Was i missing something?

Anonymous (September 4, 2003)

P.S --- someone tell me what sounds so much like keasby nights. Other than the obvious fact the singer is the same and they both have horns and ska (oh shit i genrelized) riffs. I would say 3 maybe 4 songs sound like Keasby -- yeah this is a keasby follow up but i just don't think it sounds much like its predeccesor, but they both are amazing.

Anonymous (September 4, 2003)

Skafather-- I would not deny that this album has tons of ska in it. But classifing it soley as a "ska" album is an insult to the diversity of the album. As for ska elitest, i could care less what genre something is in, it gets to murky and confusing -- if you like it you like it, thats what i was telling folks without a clue, this album is great, simple as that.

Jon_the_Skafather (September 3, 2003)

for everyone saying this album isn't ska or whatever the hell is going on:

while it isn't just ska. the main influence on much of the album is ska. i thinkt there's more than enough ska on it to merit calling it a ska cd. the dominant influence is ska. just like most people would call a nofx cd a punk cd despite different influences on it such as ska or new wave or polka or whatever.

i swear, some ska elitists are as bad as religious fundamentalists.

btw, ska is music with emphasis on the upbeat usually by guitar and/or piano. the majority of the album has that along with other elements in it. in fact i think the only song without the upbeat emphasis somewhere in it is a moment of violence which i always consider a part of a moment of silence since it's the same progression and essentially a continuation.

dom_ (September 3, 2003)

I'm amazed at how many people think horns = ska... Generally, what makes it ska is the guitars... Anywho, I have SxE friends who like this I got a few emo friends who like, and I got hardcore friends who like. I even have metal friends who like it. Ok, so I've labeled a lot of stuff, but it'd be dumb to label SM under ska... Its such a small word, for so much music.

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

"For that matter if you are a fan of Keasby Nights I don't really think it sounds like that either"

5 of the 12 songs are darker like the song "Everything Goes Numb," and the rest sounds ALOT like Keasbey to me.

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

For anyone reading this who has no clue, this album doesn't sound very much like SKA, so don't write if off. In fact it doesn't sound too much like anything you have ever heard but I promise you will love it. For that matter if you are a fan of Keasby Nights I don't really think it sounds like that either, but trust me and all the other folks who reviewed. Amazing album.

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

I hate ska,
I love this record.

GregSka (September 3, 2003)

DAMMIT I NEED THIS CD!! The few songs I've heard are fucking awesome!

Jon_the_Skafather (September 3, 2003)

my reply to everyone talking about complex music or if music has to be complex to be good.

good is a very abstract idea. it's called AN OPINION.

if you want to get into musicality and all, i guess i could put in the effort to look up whatever band is being praised for their complexity and see if it's actually musical or just noisy shit(and this would be coming from someone who appreciated and enjoyed black angels by george crumb...look it up if you want actual complexity and forward thinking music).

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Music doesn't necessarilly have to be incredibly complex to be good... Someone can play a really complex trumpet solo, but I might not like it.

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)

Yeah, really, playing the bassline in an Avenged Sevenfold proves nothing...it's fairly simple. The guitar parts on the other hand will rack your fucking mind...

Anonymous (September 2, 2003)


NOFXPunkLTJ22 (September 2, 2003)

Pick up a guitar and try to play avenged sevenfold. It won't just takes you days, it will take you years. Try Eternal Rest.

Jon_the_Skafather (September 2, 2003)

thanks for answering my questions jamie. how'd your class like your new cd? i know i'd be really psyched if my band teacher was in streetlight manifesto, botar, and was in catch 22 for their good album.

and i'm pretty sure a scratch track and dummy track are the same thing. it's where you have a pre-recording of the song done live and you play along to that, right?

anyways, keep rockin and showin' that age doesn't matter. :P


ps, i meant the age crack in a good way.

mumbleumbolous (September 1, 2003)

shit, i dont check the posts for a few days, and when i leave, jamie egan starts posting. just my luck. while everyones asking questions, i figure i should ask this, since ive been wondering this for a while. in the botar booklet, it says the sm album is the second out of the three keasbey nights chapters, whats the third one? could it be the thought scrapped man bites dog project? or will it be the next sm album? oh, and while were all arguing over how good this cd is in contrast to others, im gonna go out on a limb here, and say this is one of the best 3rd wave ska albums ive ever heard.

Anonymous (September 1, 2003)


is there any plan for Streetlight to tour anytime soon? Also, you said you worked on other Tomas projects, any word on how long until we see some new stuff (I guess BOTAR will be next)?

Anonymous (September 1, 2003)

Is a dummy track the same as a scratch track. Pardon my ignorance I'm not sure I know what you mean. Thomas comes up with a line and might play it to us on guitar. Then I usually harmonize it with either a similar line or when appropriate a counter melody. The new guys in the horn section are also good at this so less work for me is good. This gives me more time to work on things like harmony vocals and horn fills. I used "C" trumpet on the Brahms except, parts of moment of silence and a few other places. Mostly I used a Bb. Trombone had some low fast parts that required a trigger but I hate using triggers so I used it very little. My arms are short so unfortunately if I want to play 7th position in tune I need a trigger.

Anonymous (September 1, 2003)

NOFXPunkLTJ22 = Hmm, "Two of the cd's on there I've yet to hear, so it might change". Open up your eyes you fucking moron.

wyzo = I see your point. I tried to end this shit after I realized how stupid it was, which was after GreenVandals' post = "Although I cannot see whats so special about Avenged Sevenfold, to each his own, I guess." = emphasis(sp?) on the "to each his own" part. But whatever, if idiots(NOFXPunkLTJ22) want to keep it going, alright, but i'll listen to more Avenged Sevenfold song and try to see what everyone else sees....


Anonymous (September 1, 2003)


Anonymous (September 1, 2003)

ok seriously, i heard come avenged sevenfold song, and i picked up my bass and memorized it the same day. i don't even like avenged sevelfold. but seriously, try picking up a bass and learning any SM song. it'll take days at the least.

Jon_the_Skafather (September 1, 2003)

which songs did you use the C trumpet on? i'm a fellow trombonist so i actually do understand what you're talking about when you talk about various types of trumpets and trombones. also, how was everything recorded and tracked? did you use dummy tracks for the songs?

how does the songwriting work? i'm in a band and i play guitar in it and i usually come up with the main idea and i work with my trombonist until we come up with a hornline. is it similar with you and tomas?

Anonymous (September 1, 2003)

Been listening to this for a good month as I'm sure a good amount of you have, but I bought it the day it came out at best buy....

Much like the first time I heard a Call to Arms, so long ago, this album shocked the shit out of me... it probably stayed in my cd player for at least 3 weeks, and even now, I still listen to at least a couple tracks off of it every day....

We have a small but loyal following for those bands that are in the RISC group (BOTAR, SM, ??) on a message board.... http://forum.skachilles.com... come check it out, lots of info there....

I'm really glad to hear all the positive feedback on this album... I'm just really glad people like it, as I'm sure LOTS and LOTS of hard work was put into it..


Anonymous (September 1, 2003)

I hate the sound of auto tune and especially the harmonizer. We tried using these effects at times and were disappointed with the artificial sounds they produced. I will admit that I did that first track many times till I was satisfied with the results. The intonation is as close as I could get to perfect. I don't have perfect pitch so I keep a tuner on the entire time I record. Its not perfect but its the best I could do. Also with parts like these I have to make them up on the spot with only get general advice from thomas like " maybe something spanish". In other spots on the album when I wanted a more classical sound I used a "c" trumpet for a different timbre. This may make you feel as though you are hearing an effect because the trumpet does sound slightly different. As far as trombone I bounced between three. Two large bore one with a trigger and a small bore yamaha.

NOFXPunkLTJ22 (September 1, 2003)

"idiotic thing" instead of idiot thing.

NOFXPunkLTJ22 (September 1, 2003)

Uh oh, moron alert.

First of all both of you are stupid, c22 and hey_sailor. well no. just c22.

The new LTJ CD is good. I like it. But its NOT as good as older LTJ ska. And its definitely not the best release of year, or even close. And Avenged Sevenfold isn't talented? HA! You are an idiot. They are possibly the most talented band out there, if not, they are definitely one of the most. Critisizing Avenged Sevenfold for music ability is absolutely the most idiot thing you could've done.

Another idiot thing? Of course. You sais the Lawrence Arms CD is the 2nd best cd of the year because you have high hopes? hahahaha. You can't judge a CD that didn't come out yet and say its the 2nd best release of the year. It's like saying Anti-Flags new CD is the best of the year, because I have high hopes. hahaha. Your making me laugh because of your stupidity and I'm sure your making many other people laugh as well.

c22, don't comment to this, you will only make yourself look stupider.

Anonymous (September 1, 2003)

Tomas has to be one of the most talented songwriters of the past 10 years.

Anonymous (September 1, 2003)

i like bandits much much more and thought this was just a run of the mill ska record, im enjoying it however, so tits to streetlight. I just happen to enjoy the bandits dynamic, and mood much more as well as their musicianship.

when people mention there records of the year keep in mind what type of music they listen to. It'll keep you from making pointlessly angry posts. If someone thinks the LTJ and suicide machines records are that great, I have to remember that most of there musical tastes are of that type of music, and its pointless quibbling, eventually everyone gets around to broadening there tastes.

the ghost, small brown bike's the river bed, mars volta, the honor system's rise and run, david sandstrum, these are my favorites so far, well the ghost record isnt out yet but its a shoein. anyway, you can tell from that where im at musically, I liked the new less than jake, but as entertainment, not as a defining record, and thats okay. That doesn't mean im saying its a bad record, but we're talking in totally different contexts and standards. Not every record has to be mind blowing to be good, thats just how i pick what I suggest to other people, so lets all quit being babies before i skullfuck your mammary glands.


this-city-burns (August 31, 2003)

streetlight manifesto equals bandits of the acoustic revolutioin. i'd say it's pretty obvious

Jon_the_Skafather (August 31, 2003)

hey jamie,

your trumpet sounds like a midi on everything goes numb(the song, not the whole album); did you tweak the trumpet intunation on pro-tools?

my only complaint about everything goes numb is that the horns sound like they were tracked separately and i personally like horns better when they're recorded live.

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

Album of the year. hands down.


ps- c22, youre seriously retarded if you cant see that Avenged Sevenfold has some talent. and i dont make personal attacks...

i-type-poorly (August 31, 2003)

Speaking of the acoustic bandits, anyone check out the latest news? Some extra stuff is on the way. Most likely it will be out-takes (as in the ones mentioned in the Call To Arms notes) but something new is something new. It's also very cool of them to work out a way so not to cheat out the people bought the EP into buying it again.

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

Whoa..... "but no matter what anyone says I'll never stop working on projects like these" = Please do, your making amazing music :)


Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

To all of you who like this album I'd like to say thanks! For all of you who don't, but listen to it anyway and came up with an intelligent opinion, I also say thanks. I've worked on all these projects with C22, BOTAR, and SM. I've worked on all of them because I love the music and enjoy contributing to the sound. SM is special to me because I got to play trumpet as well as play trombone and sing harmony vocals. You can all debate what you like and why but no matter what anyone says I'll never stop working on projects like these. For those of you that wish I would, take heart, I'm old and could die any day. But when I die if you press your ear to the soil you'l notice that I'll still be humming from the grave. Hopefully they'll bury me with my trumpet and trombone as well.
Thanks again to everyone for listening and giving your opinons,
James Egan

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

Yes i'm aware of that, calm down, but he said "pick up and instrument and try to play something", and as the fact that I play bass, I asked him to name a song, and I shall "pick up my bass and try to play the song". Calm yourself.


GreenVandal (August 31, 2003)

hey, sometimes theres more to music then a fucking bassline. Granted, bass is nice, but sometimes a band likes to have more variety to there guitar playing then upstrokes and power chords.

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

"Just because you don't understand a band, doesn't mean they don't have ability" = yaaaaa I'm not understanding "Dillinger(sp???) Escape Plan", and "Coheed..." but I'd be damned if I didn't think they "have ability".
- And alright, point me in the direction of some basslines from this band, and I'll see what "ability" your talking about.......


hey_sailor (August 31, 2003)

"Hmm, thats all well and good if Avenged Sevenfold has "songwriting ability", but it'd kinda help if they actually used the "ability"........."

It is now clear that you have no idea what you are talking about, say what you will because this is the last of my time I'll waste responding to you. Maybe if you didn't bombard yourself with pop music you could understand the technicality and beauty in Avenged Sevenfold's writing. Just because you don't understand a band, doesn't mean they don't have ability...pick up an instrument and try playing Waking The Fallen as opposed to the 3 chords on Anthem...

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

TJmoney = Holy shit man, I totally forgot about the Suicide Machines. Thats definitly tieing Rise Against for my 3rd spot. Sick cd.


Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

This and Strike Anywhere are the best releases so far this year. This is amazing!!

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

Best CD of the year is Paint It Black so far.

I want this CD though. Since LTJ and the Mad Caddies are just treading water this year I'm jonesin' for a good new ska CD.

TJmoney (August 31, 2003)

I like the new Suicide Machines CD...alot. I d/led the song "everything went numb" very very cool. I wanna hear more. Keasbey Nights is an awesome cd. LTJ's new cd is great, who cares what you say. Best CD of the year has to go to the Suicide Machines though. Hands down.

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

The person 2 posts down = you speak the truth. Although I cannot see whats so special about Avenged Sevenfold, to each his own, I guess.


GreenVandal (August 30, 2003)

What a petty argument. All the bands mentioned kick ass in there own specific ways. And also, not a single band you ave mentioned has made my "top 10 of the year" list, but im not bitchin. Calm down. Who cares.

Now if you will excuse me, the bronx are waiting for me in my cd player.

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

C22 -

I respect the fact that you believe this and LTJ's latest effort to be albums of the year. That's cool that you think so. But for serious, you might not like metal but you can't deny that Avenged Sevenfold is recockulously talented. And people's Top 10 Albums of the Year are opinions, so don't get pissed if their lists are different than yours.

As far as this album, its fucking awesome. But I'm still a bigger fan of "Alone in a Crowd" era C22. Peace


Anonymous (August 30, 2003)


I cheated, I've been listening to this CD for the past month, and I boutght it on the 23rd (long live indy stores mwahaha!)
I just wanna reinforce what people said... This CD is the follow up for Keasbey Nights. Most of it, if not all, was written whilst Tomas was still in C22, I say most of it, because of lyrics like 'if you hate me so much then stop singing my songs'. Obviously he musta changed some stuff over the years. I personally love all the sing alongs, and all the lyrics. It's just awesome. Also, Tomas wrote all the songs on Keasbey Nights, and he wrote all the songs for Everything Goes Numb. I also heard he had this whole trilogy planned, beginning with Keasbey Nights... Now I can't remember where I saw that, so maybe I'm just imagining things *L*
Anywho just hope I cleared a few things up for y'all.

KirbyPuckett (August 30, 2003)

AMAZING ALBUM! I've been listening to it non-stop since I bought it the other night.

- Scott

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

Hmm, thats all well and good if Avenged Sevenfold has "songwriting ability", but it'd kinda help if they actually used the "ability".........


hey_sailor (August 30, 2003)

Oh yeah, Avenged Sevenfold has more songwriting ability than LTJ can wet dream about...

hey_sailor (August 30, 2003)

I'm starting to think that this is a band member of LTJ...no one else would EVER consider that album the best of the year

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

Your putting NOFX higher than LTJ? Like NOFX isn't "pop-punk at heart"? Wow, their new cd had 2, count 'em, 2 good songs on it, "Separation of Church and Skate", and "Idiots Are Taking Over". Last time I checked, a cd that makes the top 10 has more than just 2 good songs........
As for LTJ's new cd being "pop-punk at heart", not too many people would count "Escape From The A Bomb House", "Plastic Cup Politics", "Welcome To The New South", and "The Upwards War And The Down Turned Cycle" as pop-punk........


lessthandoug (August 30, 2003)

You people are dumb. First of all I don't think many of you realize that Tomas wrote all the BOTAR stuff as well as Streetlight. Second, LTJ?! I love the Jake, I have for years, but christ Anthem being a top album of the year is a fucking joke. Its pop-punk at heart with some horns and guitar upstrokes thrown in. Atrio, Rise Against, NOFX, Streetlight, Rancid, but certainly not LTJ.

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

"3rd", not "3nd", and ya, i'm hopeing about the new Slackers cd.


Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

hey_sailor = Hahahaha you fucking moron. You may just be right about the Lawrence Arms cd, but since I havent heard it yet, I cant say much about it. But seriously, Mars Volta, and Avenged Sevenfold are shit. Your out of your goddamn mind, Mars Volta is just fucking annoying, and Avenged Sevenfold is just, as I said, shit. This is probably how it's going to play out...

1st = Streetlight Manifesto & LTJ
2nd = Lawrence Arms (ive got high hopes)
3nd = Rise Against
4th = Bouncing Souls
5th = Good Riddance
6th = Against Me! (also high hopes)
7th = Alkaline Trio

Two of the cd's on there I've yet to hear, so it might change. Throw the new NOFX and rancid cd's at the end(yes, at the end), and thats all I can think of, but I KNOW i'm forgetting something...


Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

speaking of heres to life when the fuck is the bandits of the acoustic revolution going to put out the full lengths? im dying here.


Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

There are way too many good cd's this year for less than jake to even be remembered

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

quincentuple your money is many people's favorite song, for a good reason too. personally, that and new noise are enough t' keep me kickin for a while.

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

to be honest, i like Botar's version of Here's to life better. BUT! they are both great. And this Streetlight cd is really really good.

mumbleumbolous (August 30, 2003)

i wonder how botar is gonna handle the streetlight manifesto covers. im not sure its possible, seeing how great of a song it is already, but im hoping they do something really great to a better place, a better time. im all for a violin lead in the breakdown about 2 and a half minutes into the song.

SockMonkeyRiot (August 30, 2003)

my favorite songs are

"Everything Went Numb", "That'll Be The Day", "Point/Counterpoint", "We Are The Few", "Here's To Life", "A Moment of Silence" and "A Moment of Violence".

The cd is just incredible, all the other songs are amazing too. The only thing that bothers me are the lyric changes in "Here's To Life" and the long opening in "If And When We Rise Again", they just need to get straight to the rockin'

hey_sailor (August 30, 2003)

The new LTJ album is complete shit...and I was a LTJ fan. Get over it and realize that Lawrence Arms, Mars Volta, and Avenged Sevenfold have written much better albums.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

mumbleumbolous, I'm the guy who posted the Tomas quote and I TOTALLY agree with what you said. The songs MUST have evolved over the years, and I bet a few of them have even been just recently created, though some of them were definitely written back in the day.

and c22, I'm in total agreement as well. "A Better Time, A Better Place" is my favorite song of the year and I honestly was thinking before how it's probably in my top 3 songs EVER (behind "97" by Alkaline Trio and "Quincentuple Your Money" by Lawrence Arms.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

The previous post was by me


Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

hey_sailor = Ya i've heard the "quality music", and I think LTJ beats the shit out of it all, except this cd. So no, I'm 100% serious.

hey_sailor (August 29, 2003)

I love this album but I hope that kid who said LTJ should be the top album of the year was joking. Have you heard the quality music that has come out this year? I'd say LTJ's new album is on the bottom 10 of the year...

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

This CD is awesome, one of the best if not the best of this year. I agree with the previous poster that "A better place, a better time" is an outstanding song and best on the album.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

"A Better Place, A Better Time" = song of the year. Seriously, if I dont see this cd, and the ltj cd tied for 1st on all the best cd's of the year lists, I'm going to be one pissed kid.


mumbleumbolous (August 29, 2003)

referring to the comment 3 posts below. i guess youre right to some extent about the keasbey nights pt. 2 thing, because i was listening to it again after i posted, and there are reoccuring themes happening throughout everything goes numb, that also occur in keasbey nights. however i think because its a seperate band, and the music has probably evolved over the years, i wouldnt consider it a direct "sequel" to keasbey nights. although it makes you think. its been years since tomas left c22, so the songs must have evolved in some way since then. i wonder what they sounded like originally. oh, one last thing. i find it funny that both former c22 singers sing on this album(jeff davidson singing gang vocals on egn).

Edgie (August 29, 2003)

Christ, I love this album. It just.. rocks. Period.

SockMonkeyRiot (August 29, 2003)

This is the best release of the year.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

i'm the guy below, here's the exact quote:

"Streetlight is basically a collection of songs that were written as a sophomore album for an old band I was in. then I quit and the songs were just sitting there, so I thought I'd call up some friends and see if they'd be interested in recording it."

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

possibly my favorite CD of the year.

and this IS Keasbey Nights 2. I'm pretty sure Tomas said in an interview that he wrote the follow up to Keasbey while he was still in Catch, but then left and this is it.

mumbleumbolous (August 29, 2003)

one of the best records of the year, second only to de-loused in the comatorium. yea, like the guy before said about the lyrics to point counterpoint, if you listen to keasbey nights(the song), right before point/counterpoint, they sort of meld together by the lyrics. its the closest to keasbey nights pt. 2 anywhere on the album.

Jon_the_Skafather (August 29, 2003)

you know....the reason this sounds like catch 22 is because TOMAS WROTE ALL OF KEASBY NIGHTS. and it sounds better because he's gotten better as a song writer and more than likely he's working with very talented people.

the cd is better than any review can give it credit for.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

I broke down and bought this on my lunchbreak today. It made me feel 15 again.

(someone lost his virginity at 15, whoot!)

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

This cd is fucking orgasmic. This cd, and the new LTJ cd, are by far the best of the year. Oddly enough, a few parts of "Thatâ??ll Be The Day" remind me of Bad Religion, but whatever, it's still a sick song. And, ya, I'm loving the Na-Na-Na-Na-Na's.

-c22(one happy fucka)

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

"you shouldn't give an album a perfect score if you dont like some of the tracks."

i don't recall not liking any of the tracks...


i-type-poorly (August 29, 2003)

To those who write this off as Keasbey 2, so the fuck what? That isn't enough for you? I've been waiting 3 years for this follow up and it pays off in every aspect. I still perfer the grittier feel to the Everything Went Numb demo, but i enjoy the new Here's To Life a lot. Their explaination for reprising it in the album notes is reson enough for me.

skankin_in_the_pit (August 29, 2003)

I'm pretty damn happy because today I get paid so I can go get this. I've heard a little and it sounded great. Keasbey nights is one of my favorite ska albums and if this one is better then that it must be damn good.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

a decent album if you liked keasby nights. of course a 100 times better than any post-tomas catch 22 release. what's the deal with victory plugging them as 1/3 one cool guy? there's no ex ocg members and the only member i recognize is the saxophone player who used to be in the royalties (rob from midtown was drummer).

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

This album is pretty good, hasn't quite grown on me the way I thought it would yet. Still is good, but not as good as Keasbey Nights. It's not the best album of the year, but probably in the top 10.

Best albums have been 1-Rancid, 2-Swingin Utters, 3-Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, 4-NOFX

Can't wait to hear the new Slackers and the Street Dogs

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

Victory had better do some serious cocksucking for this band, cause its close to being all they have left.

(never was a big C22 fan)

GreenVandal (August 29, 2003)

I was realy excited when i got this...but so far it is just not doing anything for me. All the songs just seem to blur into a frenzy of drumfills and similar sounding basslines with a different trumpet tune being played over it. And some of the singing is very irritating (like the constant na-na na-na-na's). Its not bad at all, but some parts irritate me and it could have used ALOT more variety. The only song that really sticks out alot is "A moment of silence". I dunno...Keasbey had so many more sounds and different tempos then this cd. I still like it better. Who knows...this might grow on me more, but for now Im disapointed. It just seems like Tomas overreached.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

you shouldn't give an album a perfect score if you dont like some of the tracks.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)


inagreendase (August 29, 2003)

yes it was begging to be said in the review that "point/counterpoint"'s theme is pretty similar to the title track of yesteryear...the lyrics are the type where you could read it and just hear in your head how tomas is singing it. i can't wait until this shows up in my mailbox

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

Totally...this record is great. Had to review it me-self and gave it a glowing review, I might add.

siropsycho (August 29, 2003)

nice, Keasbey Nights is definately one of my favorite ska albums ever and i'm glad to hear that this one is good...can't wait to hear it

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

to the person that said the lyrics are alot like the chorus to keasbey nights below me....that song,"point/counterpoint", is kindof like a sequel to the song keasbey nights.

this cd is amazing.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

yah i liked this cd alot. and i completly agree that thomas is better in Streetlight Manifesto. For some reason this cd shows his talent alot more than anything he did with catch 22. the best victory relase of the year.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

haven't heard this song yet, but the lyrics mentioned in this review sound pretty damn similar to the chorus of "keasbey nights" (when they come for me i'll be sitting in my desk / with a gun in my hand wearing a bulletproof vest / singing my my my how the time does fly / when you know you're gonna die by the end of the night)

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

chalk this band up on my short list of bands to check out along with throwrag. sounds like good stuff.

-el vaquero


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