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Small Brown Bike

Small Brown Bike: Dead ReckoningDead Reckoning (2001)
No Idea Records

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I still remember the hot August night that I bought Small Brown Bike's "Collection." I bought it and went to a party afterward, so it was far past 12 when I finally put it on. As the first song finished up ("Mouth of Madness"), I was completely hooked. I quickly followed up my purchase with "O.
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I still remember the hot August night that I bought Small Brown Bike's "Collection." I bought it and went to a party afterward, so it was far past 12 when I finally put it on.

As the first song finished up ("Mouth of Madness"), I was completely hooked. I quickly followed up my purchase with "Our Own Wars" and made Small Brown Bike tapes for all my friends. The response was unanimous. Small Brown Bike was the new face in Rock 'n' Roll. Not as post-hardcore-y as Hot Water Music and not as wimpy-indie sounding as Cursive, Small Brown Bike seemed to capture that 17 year old awkwardness and intesity that I feel.

Out of nowhere, our heroes began to fall. At The Drive-In went on indefinite hiatus... The new Alk3 sucked far worse than anything could ever... Hot Water Music released old releases (BORING!!!)... and above all, New Found Glory was signed to a major label (Sigh). While all my friends were mourning, I was anticipating the revival. Have you forgotten? The new Small Brown Bike hits stores soon! Can't you imagine all the wonderful rage and beauty and power and intensity it will bring and replace all the hardships indie music has endured this year?

Suprise, suprise.

The album's packaging is at top rate. For that we can thank No Idea, they're masters at stuff like that. From there, it's all mediocre.

For starters, Mike Janquint's voice has lost that fiery youthfulness that the last two albums exeplified. The high quality studio sound this album has steals away the rawness and sludgy power. The lead guitar is bland and just when he does something cool, the song ends. The music is somewhere between mid-paced hardcore and emo pop. The result, however, is nothing special. In fact, the lack of melody found on this album is apalling. Dan Janquint backing his brother's vocals is superb and is a skill he has mastered. As for Mike's, he can't decide whether he is gruff or whiny and it comes off as annoying. With 11 tracks and 1 solid track (the first one "Future With No Friend") you can easily pass this up.

This could've stolen the spotlight this year in emo. It could've come out of nowhere and beat The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring, Saves The Day, and A New Found Glory black and blue. It's not bad, it just dissappoints me.

 

 
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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.
etwiels88 (October 21, 2005)

The person below me is even stupider than the person below him who is stupider than the reviewer.

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

The kid below me is a fucking loser. Jesus Christ, New Found Glory's awesome, you cunt. Just because they don't play XXXHARDXCOREXXX doesnt mean they suck. Pop punk's not suppoused to be taken seriously in the first place. Learn how to fucking appreciate music besides fucking Hotwater Music & At the Drive In & all your little "cool" bands. Once you realize there's no such thing as scene points, you can give people your opinion, dipshit.

And this cd's alright, but it's still a dissapointment, so shut the fuck up.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

Alright the kid who wrote this review is a fucking idiot. First off you name bands such as at the drive in and hot water music. then you drop a new found glory bomb. stop going to the mall and taking pictures in the photo booth with you poser wearing girlfriend or boyfriend (I digress), and listen to the album instead of reading the liner notes. Which I'm convinced after reading your review, you had someone else write down your thoughts since you can't read and write. Mike Reed plays guitar and sings, Ben Reed plays bass and sings. dan is the drummer, and travis is the second guitar player. If you could of got that shit straight then I might actually thought you listened to the cd instead of watching dawson's creek waiting for the opening theme song with your pants down. The first four songs on this cd kick ass. If your looking for something that has passion with a punch then this is your type of music. "see you in hell" is a strong enough song that i will reccomend buying the cd so you can tell new found glory fans that shit when there all holding hands and trying to act hardcore. fuck this kid who wrote this review. If your going to be a critic of something at least get your facts straight instead of going to the local arcade and arguing with all your bras about who was more innovative, blink 182 or simple plan. you fucking poser!

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

Alright the kid who wrote this review is a fucking idiot. First off you name bands such as at the drive in and hot water music. then you drop a new found glory bomb. stop going to the mall and taking pictures in the photo booth with you poser wearing girlfriend or boyfriend (I digress), and listen to the album instead of reading the liner notes. Which I'm convinced after reading your review, you had someone else write down your thoughts since you can't read and write. Mike Reed plays guitar and sings, Ben Reed plays bass and sings. dan is the drummer, and travis is the second guitar player. If you could of got that shit straight then I might actually thought you listened to the cd instead of watching dawson's creek waiting for the opening theme song with your pants down. The first four songs on this cd kick ass. If your looking for something that has passion with a punch then this is your type of music. "see you in hell" is a strong enough song that i will reccomend buying the cd so you can tell new found glory fans that shit when there all holding hands and trying to act hardcore. fuck this kid who wrote this review. If your going to be a critic of something at least get your facts straight instead of going to the local arcade and arguing with all your bras about who was more innovative, blink 182 or simple plan. you fucking poser!

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

real quick. i am a bit late it seams. there is no mike janquaint. it is mike reed. and yes his brother ben reed. and i love no idea but they have nothing to do with the layout. ben reed did the whole layout for this. pat on his back. oh well...

JoKe2K (May 22, 2001)

Alright, alright, alright....I dont even know why I bother reading reviews anymore. Everyone's got their own opinion ( yea yea) so here's mine. This album is some good shit. That's all I have to say. It didn't dissapoint me one bit... but now when I read that the new Alkaline Trio album sucked, that's " DISAPPOINTING". I strongly believe the new Trio cd is the best shit they ever put out on one album to this date, and no, they haven't changed their style either. Sorry if I sounded harsh, I'm on 4 valiums and a six of Corona, so bear with me kiddies

Anonymous (May 18, 2001)

Best album of the year, not a single disapointment on the record. I thought there was even more raw emotion on this record then "our own wars". Great lyrics to, and on nice marble grey vinyl, how can you go wrong. Buy this album!!!!

Anonymous (May 17, 2001)

I disagree with the review. I think this record is awesome it's not disappointing at all. I also bought our own wars a while back and that was a great record too. It's hard to top the first impressions that you get when you first hear a band. Just because you don't get the same feeling you get when you heard it for the first time doesn't make the record disappointing. Small brown bike are a really great band and i suggest anyone to pick up anything by them.

Anonymous (May 17, 2001)

Mike Reed does vocals, with backup done by Ben Reed. Dan Jaquint is the drummer. This is straight from the Dead Reckoning liner notes. Is there a misprint, or is the reviewer wrong in saying Mike Jaquint sings? Or perhaps there was a Mike Jaquint on Our Own Wars? I don't have any of their other stuff, but have been meaning to....can anyone clear this up?

Anonymous (May 17, 2001)

Very very good cd. I'm not disappointed at all. I love the back & forth lyrics between the lead & backup singer in "more or less" (who, by the way are brothers, which gives added meaning to the lyrics). Wicked guitar riff in "the vacuum"...."hideaway" is an amazing song. The design of the liner notes still blows my mind. I'm told HWM has done a similar fold-out (hell, they were on the same label...No Idea).

Anonymous (May 17, 2001)

I agree with your view of the disappointments this year with alk3 and a newfound glory(horrible band), but I bought Dead Reckoning on lovely swirl vinyl after never having heard them but seeing them blow away hot water music live. Never have I heard that type of instant blown away sound (except funeral oration live a rare and awesome experience), especcially when someone like me hates not knowing the words to new songs. Dead Reckoning didn't leave my turntable for weeks, even now nonpunk rock friends want to know who it is. "See you in Hell", "The Vacuum", and the new recording of "Unsung Zero" are amazing. The entire thing is much more consistent than 'our own wars' another great release.

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