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Give Up The Ghost

Give Up The Ghost: We're Down Til We're UndergroundWe're Down Til We're Underground (2003)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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I'm the wrong person to be reviewing this record. I have never listened to Give Up The Ghost/American Nightmare/American Nothing/A.N./Canadian Daydream/etc. before. Not a single song. All I know about the band is how badly they've gotten fucked with lawsuits, and how they've had to tour their ass.
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I'm the wrong person to be reviewing this record. I have never listened to Give Up The Ghost/American Nightmare/American Nothing/A.N./Canadian Daydream/etc. before. Not a single song. All I know about the band is how badly they've gotten fucked with lawsuits, and how they've had to tour their asses off as an unidentifiable band for well over a year.

I also knew they were a hardcore band. I don't listen to very much hardcore.

So when I put this CD into my stereo time and time again, enjoying it more and more, I became confused. Since when do I like this band? This isn't Rainer Maria! This isn't Mates Of State! THIS ISN'T ON POLYVINYL!@#*)&##%

But We're Down Til We're Underground became the little engine that could over here, always showing up in my stereo at home, or in my car on roadtrips, or even in the Macs I so carelessly used while I was at work. In the thirty-one and a half minutes that this album takes up, I can barely find a second of filler. The clever opening track [complete with acoustic guitar] dupes you into a false sense of security before Wes shouts "1 2 3 4!" and GUTG comes screaming out the gate with "Love American." The album continues at a breakneck pace, with the band's intensity never faltering. The breakdowns are more inventive, the melodic parts are more creative, and the singalongs are more potent than almost every other hardcore band I've ever heard.

I know a lot of GUTG's fans are upset with this album, saying it's not as intense as past efforts. While I've never heard their back catalog, I can say this is plenty intense for me. And while you may say "that doesn't take much," [and you'd probably be right], it's still a damn good album. One of the big surprises of the year for me.

MP3s
Love American
Since Always

 

 
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LookingBack (May 3, 2007)

I know there are a lot of people who are naysayers about this album.

Sometimes I wonder if you people listen to the music for music or just for the killer breakdowns.

This is one of, if not THE, most groundbreaking hardcore albums released so far this decade. Maybe if some of you would put your hoods down and stop acting like tough guys for two seconds you could actually hear that.

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

this cd fucking rules you re re's

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

This albums is amazing, you people are fucking idiots. It's American Nightmare under a new name. Go listen to fucking the Casualties. Sorry if these guys sing about something other than drinking and being punx. You kids suck.

Anonymous (May 10, 2005)

"[which at one point almost caused the break-up of the band]."

It sped it along quite well, though.
If not for the lawsuits, we coul've gotten at least two more records before the breakup.

Anonymous (June 6, 2004)

"This is a hospital is much better then this."

youre thinking of the band "the ghost", although both bands should definitely GIVE UP!!!

WAKA WAKA!

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

i really didnt like this band much before, and i gave this record a shot because all my friends said i'd like it even if i hated the old stuff. and they were right.

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

This is a hospital is much better then this.

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

yep it's gonna be hard to top comeback kid. though GUTG does a pretty good job trying.

Ramo

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

Rob Lowe Factor kills brah!

ElVaquero (October 1, 2003)

the best hardcore record of the year is "keystone" by digger. seriously.

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

Dude the best Hardcore recore this year by far has to be The Eugene Star Cnronicles...and coming in at a close Second would have to be The Rob Lowe Factor.

MikeRiot (September 30, 2003)

" it is probably the best hardcore record to come out this year. that and maybe strike anywhere."

no way. the comeback kid record is the best of the year.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

disappointing music and artwork, the only consistency in this band is the fact that the singer still has only one hand.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

This is how it should be. If the band is Gay they should have Gay artwork. No bullshit. Nice job Give up The Cock.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

"This is by far not their best release check out the ep's. Download "dead and gone" which is a Trouble cover done to perfection. "

agreed. absolute perfection. even with gibby doing backups.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Their self-titled EP on Vagrant is the best thing they have ever put out.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

"worst review ever."

Apparently you haven't been reading review at rollingstone.com or spin.com. Seriously, "ever" is a fucking long time. Granted the reviews here aren't literary works of art but please quit stop making statements like this. you sound like a jackass.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

I've preordered the strike anywhere lp and got it a week ago. It's awesome.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

"this is the best thing they've done yet. it is probably the best hardcore record to come out this year. that and maybe strike anywhere."

You obviously haven't listened to the Paint it Black record or the new Good Riddance.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

I believe the album title is a joke an is not to be taken completely serious. This is by far not their best release check out the ep's. Download "dead and gone" which is a Trouble cover done to perfection.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

this is the best thing they've done yet. it is probably the best hardcore record to come out this year. that and maybe strike anywhere.

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

It's Mikey Dread on Sandinista.

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

I got a question for u guys...very off topic but its bugging me. On the Clash "Sandinista" album....on the song "One More Time", is that H.R. of the Bad Brains guesting at the beginning and a coup-le times during the song....it sounds a fuck of a lot like him but i can't find info anywhere on the net. It's bugging me so please help me!!!

CallingLondon (September 28, 2003)

am i the only one that thinks this album name is kinda stupid?

this is no attack on the band or their music, just the album title.

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

this is one is way better than background music , which was good, but come, it was very repetitive, this one has better songwriting on it.

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

hahaha, when you guys hear 'art' you think of fashion... hahaha... classic!

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

it's not as intense as "background music" but still it's a pretty solid release. i actually kind of liking it more and more everyday.

Ramo

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

"THOSE GUYS PUT THE 'ART' BACK INTO HARDCORE!!!"

there isn't supposed to be any "art" in hardcore. thats what hardcore is; stripped down, fast, heavy, and raw. check your fashions at the door.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

"scott likes it cause theres a heart on it. "Will I Ever stop laughing. Best comment on this site, ever. --e.c.

sk8punx4evr (September 27, 2003)

"wes has seemingly lost a bit of his vocal intensity but it works for this."

that's because of the smokes. wes and his damn smokes.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

"The clever opening track [complete with acoustic guitar] dupes you into a false sense of security before Wes shouts "1 2 3 4!" and GUTG comes screaming out the gate with "Love American.""

ummm, right. because every other hardcore band in the world hasn't done that one before. yeah, GUTG are masters of deception!

ElVaquero (September 27, 2003)

wait, there's no art in hardcore... hartcore?! wow, that might explain a few things...

exhaustra (September 27, 2003)

yo adam, thanks for the link to that interview...

-exhaustra

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

Sorry, but how am I supposed to take a GUTG review seriously that does not comment on the lyrics. And where are the 'fans' that don't like this one?? THOSE GUYS PUT THE 'ART' BACK INTO HARDCORE!!!

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

shit... i forgot to close my bolding. oh well... fuck it. you get my point. the score above is for me being an idiot.

- sean dxi

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

as far as their history goes when it comes to the name... not too long after the release of 'background music', they were contacted by the lawers of a boy-band currently going by the name american nightmare. it turns out that they had that name first so, wes and the boys had to change the name. not wanting to have to drastically change their moniker, merch, etc. they settled on american nothing< a> [which allowed them to keep the 'a.n.' title and such]. within months of that switch, they were once again contacted by another party and told that said name was also being used... so once again it was back to the drawing board. eventually the name give up the ghost was brought to light for what wes says to be 'no particular reason'. they were just sick of the ongoing drama [which at one point almost caused the break-up of the band]. so this is what you now have.

now onto what i think of the album... it is very impressive. it's true that it isn't as hard hitting or 'catchy' as previous released work, but it's seemingly different path is by no means bad. wes has seemingly lost a bit of his vocal intensity but it works for this. definitely a worthwhile listen.

- sean dxi

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

I fucking love the new CD. Background Music ios great, but We're Down is great. It's everything I hoped for from GUTG...which was a lot of hoping.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

"anyone who thinks background music is better obviously doesn't listen to hardcore."

I listen to hardcore, and background music is better

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

Am I the only one that found Background Music to be very repetitive? The first few tracks were outstanding, and after that the album ran together. This new album doesn't run together, maintains the same vocal intensity, and has a very original style to it. Great album, great improvement.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

anyone who thinks background music is better obviously doesn't listen to hardcore.

vien (September 27, 2003)

I enjoy this album very much, the songs are well written, but for some reason the cd lags a little bit towards the second half. In a way, it's kind of dissapointing, because I was expecting Wes's vocals to be alittle bit more raw, like AN's previous releases. This CD is pretty good and worth buying, but I think thier EP "The Sun Isn't Getting Any Brighter" is thier most impressive representation of who they are.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

i really dont think the band called The Ghost should give up. I like them. They rock. AS for this band, i never heard them.

judo (September 27, 2003)

worst review ever.

good album though.

but backround music was better.

adam (September 26, 2003)

bemused: Read the interview that Brett Mathews did with the band here:

http://65.108.164.40/interview_Give up_8.html

It pretty much explains things.

-adam

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Can some one explain the past of this band. I knew American Nightmare-->American Nothing-->A.N. so are A.N now called Give up the Ghost?? Why?

-bemused-

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

yeah, i loved background music, i think this cd will have a lot of staying power for a "" hardcore"" cd though , sounds good to me, can't wait to buy it! sooo many good cd's this year, here's a list of cd's i still have to buy( i've been broke for like 2 months)
the constantines
the weakerthans,
strike anywhere,
give up the ghost,
clann zu

the last lighning bolt cd and anything from holy mollar

this year has been great for music.....

adam (September 26, 2003)

"yeah!!! scott's testicles descended yeah!!!!"

Moldy you rule.

-adam

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

i don't have a clue how "background music" could be background music to anyone -- so fucking intense and so fucking good.

moldy (September 26, 2003)

jk buddy

moldy (September 26, 2003)

yeah!!! scott's testicles descended yeah!!!!

inagreendase (September 26, 2003)

The MP3s have my interest piqued...I wasn't too high on Background Music (that's really what it was for me) the first time I heard it in my friend's car, but this has me very interested. I got up and started thrashing without realizing it when I clicked on "Love American." Either it was a really good fuckin' song or I need to refill my prescription.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

I have the first EP and it's not bad. This is much better than I expected. Fairly original for a hardcore band.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

this record is flat out amazing. yes, the vocals arent as intense as on previous efforts, but its alot more creative and also chaotic. i love it

sickboi (September 26, 2003)

"Background Music" sparked my interest in GUTG, this one made me a fan.

recordings (September 26, 2003)

scott likes it cause theres a heart on it.

i wish he really DID have a secret stash of snapcase and the like. ugh. sorry scott.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

FIRST!@#%@!

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

I thought these guys signed with Fiddler/MCA awhile back???

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Give it up Scott, we all know about your secret stash of Snapcase and Earth Crisis vinyls tucked under your bed.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Damn, these chuckleheads can ROCK it!

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