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The A.K.A.s

The A.K.A.s: White Doves & Smoking GunsWhite Doves & Smoking Guns (2003)
Fueled By Ramen Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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The New York based band A.K.A.'s (are everywhere) is the brainchild of former Brothers Keeper vocalist Mike Ski and is a 5 piece band. They are a new addition to the ever expanding Fueled By Ramen label, and this is their debut full-length, produced by Tim O'Heir (All American Rejects). Well, was.


The New York based band A.K.A.'s (are everywhere) is the brainchild of former Brothers Keeper vocalist Mike Ski and is a 5 piece band. They are a new addition to the ever expanding Fueled By Ramen label, and this is their debut full-length, produced by Tim O'Heir (All American Rejects).

Well, was I glad to receive this little goodie in my mailbox, I say! It's really not that I got fed up with the stuff that's coming out these days, far from, but I find it harder everyday to come up with a relevant and original review of a disc, since there's so much similarity in this scene these days. I have had to use the same adjectives and references over and over again with my narrow knowledge of the English language, but here's something completely different and I love it, although it's far from the typical Fat-sound that I hold so dear, and it's nowhere near the catchy pop-punksongs we're all getting used to. It even hasn't got anything to do with melodic hardcore, ska- or streetpunk. So what is it? Well, I'd label it searing punk rock 'n roll with balls. And although this is definitely a political band, they evoke joyful feelings with me. I guess it's their no-nonsense approach that reminded me of Randy or The Hives, although there's not that retro-feeling I get when listening to this. Plus, the A.K.A.'s aim for a more uplifting sound, a bit similar to New Bomb Turks at times. The prominent classic keyboards are a nice addition to their already diverse sound. Actually, these keyboards toggled by Nina Aron, have the typical Doors-sound, but obviously are played in a totally different environment, so there's no melancholy involved here. Guitars sometimes use heavy distortion, and at times sound like old-fashioned MC5, but then again there's also a portion of modern-day gut-wrenching chords. The vocals sound filthy and full of anger, yet they never break out in screaming, roaring or any of these blurry wordramblings. I guess Pelle Almqvist's (Hives) vocals come pretty near, except maybe that this guy adds a little gruffiness to it. There's also no lack of potential that you'll start to sing along with these songs, the excited backings will help you through it. Some of the lyrics call for revolution, peace, disarmament; not in a preachery or winded way, but in short phrases and leaving no room for ambiguity. And there's no sleezy lovesongs here, just a few words about romance gone dead and criticizing words about covergirls in glossy magazines. Thanks, A.K.A.'s!

In short, this really is an album that breathes out an old-fashioned feeling but in fact is one of the most refreshing things I've heard since long. There's not really any standout tracks, but there's no bad ones either, the album just flows along on its own constant powerful pace. It's overflowing in energy and balances between making you want to swing or spitting your heart out with a yell. "White Doves" in their message, "Smoking Guns" in their music. At least this guy took a step to further freedom with this swirling album. You should try it as well!

 

 
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punkasspriest (June 12, 2005)

i saw these when i went to see less than jake and at the time i thought they sucked ass and from what everyone was saying so did everyone else around us

but after having another listen today ill say iv changed my mind and they arent half bad

joeg (October 3, 2004)

"Hey, check out this awesome interview with Mike Ski of The A.K.As at http://www.peta2.com/ot/o-akas.html

Peace!"

can't. i'm too busy enjoying my delcious, juicy, blood drenched medium rare t-bone STEAK with a side of CHICKEN salad and some ice cold milk.

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

Hey, check out this awesome interview with Mike Ski of The A.K.As at http://www.peta2.com/ot/o-akas.html

Peace!

Anonymous (June 21, 2004)

cool keyboard punk! nice!

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

Bought this yesterday. Really cool record.

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

you're retarded.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

This "are everywhere" thing is totally retarted though.

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

not here. Thats all i know.

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

Wait, where are the AKAs?

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

The akas are everywhere!

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

THis record is amazing. It is a breath of fresh air compared to the majority of records that are out there.

TahoeJeff (September 9, 2003)

I'll have to check this album out if its as good as you say it is.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I just posted a rather long interview with Mike Ski on pastepunk a couple of days ago. Even with the obvious International Noise Conspiracy influence, this disc still stands out quite distinctly on its own. Loads of energy, and crunchy, driving guitars. - Jordan Pastepunk

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

re: The lead "singer" for Brother's Keeper used to sound like Alvin of Alvin of the Chipmunks. I'm not sure if that's hardcore or just seriously lame....

OC
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HAHA. so true, but his voice sounds normal on this release.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

The AKA's are everywhere, that's for damn sure, they need to keep their street teamers off of message boards, especially some of the boards they hit, shit is whack.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Such a refreshing change from all the cookie-cutter pop/punk that's coming out these days. I can still sing along, but don't feel like a pussy doing it. "Always On" is the jam.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

The lead "singer" for Brother's Keeper used to sound like Alvin of Alvin of the Chipmunks. I'm not sure if that's hardcore or just seriously lame....

OC

FortyMinutesWest (September 9, 2003)

I dig it, I didn't want to hear them at first because of the street team person, but oh well.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I listened to the free mp3s and I hear alot of Faith No More...

Not like thats a bad thing.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

wow, 5 years ago there were 500 bands in Sweden who sounded better than this.

- THE AKAS ARE EVERYWHERE

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

The a. K. A. S are everywhere!

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I fell victim to the whole "fuck this band because of streety mcteamster" unfortunately and never gave them a chance until recently...neddless to say I heard them and was pretty blown away. I like this a lot, very refreshing stuff. So now I'll join in...

THE A.K.A.S ARE EVERYWHERE!

maverick (September 9, 2003)

Every song sounded the same to me, seriously. I pressed play, and all of the sudden it was on track number 4, yet I still thought it was the same song.

Guess I don't get it.

-Scott

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

cool

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