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Boys Night Out

Boys Night Out: Make Yourself SickMake Yourself Sick (2003)
Ferret Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Sure, lots of bands sing about killing girls. How many of them make it their entire theme? You would think that speaking of one's murderous revenge song after song would eventually get as stale as their victims' corpses, but somehow, the band keeps it fresh by using a subtle approach to the lyri.
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Sure, lots of bands sing about killing girls. How many of them make it their entire theme?

You would think that speaking of one's murderous revenge song after song would eventually get as stale as their victims' corpses, but somehow, the band keeps it fresh by using a subtle approach to the lyrics about it, often never really specifying how many inches deep the knife has gone through her back, or how deep the callous wounds from the noose on her neck are, using symbolical metaphors instead. I don't know if this is another in-joke too, but the only thing the band apparently got out of English class was alliteration - yes, it's a stupid point, but it's all over the place, and sometimes they seem like they're doing it just to do it.

An Asinine Alliteration Agenda:

  • "Traces of your life will turn up traceless with your death deprived of stasis. So sleep secure" / "three incisions; bullet blasted backs. I'm back" ["The Subtleties That Make Mass Murderers of Otherwise Decent Human Beings"]
  • "chronicle the chemicals, but don't forget the cigarettes" ["The Fine Art of Making It Out Alive"]
  • "you better bring your baseball bat or better, because broken bones and black eyes are a safe bet." ["(Just Once) Let's Do Something Different"]
  • "Caring came to the crime scene but bloodlust beat them back" ["The First Time it Shouldn't Taste Like Blood"]

While Boys Night Out have gone and flicked the pop switch on us from the Broken Bones and Bloody Kisses EP, there's something about it that seems blatant and varied from the typified sound; it doesn't circumstantiate Senses Fail or Finch comparisons. The band manages to narrowly avoid the ??screamo' label yet again, just enough where the music is more along the lines of pop-punk with a slight hardcore influence. With "I Got Punched in the Nose for Sticking My Face in Other People's Business," the opening dual screaming and pick slide is immediately followed by the poppy vocals and basic chords; it's like a joke, but it works. In the song, the band actually pulls a role reversal, speaking from the victim's point-of-view, to the proprietor of the crime. They also have the "sing-along, clap-along" part of the song (think the end of "The Only Honest Lovesong"); "drag my corpse through the cities I never got to visit / promise don't let me miss it."

One irritating thing was in the slower track, "Hold On Tightly, Let Go Lightly." There is a severe pause between the bridge and the breakdown, making you think the track ended. But then, at 2:09, the song starts up again, exactly like it first begins, with only a slight difference, a wind-type instrument playing quietly in the background. I thought the media player was on repeat, but much akin to their consistently vengeful plots, the band deceived me! Bastards!

Although the album as a whole is slightly better than its predeceasing, er, preceding release, there are interesting things to compare and contrast. Little things like the hook before the chorus in "Where We Breathe" was never really fully replicated anywhere on the full-length. They still have several repetitious lines in the vein of actual hardcore here like the first disc, but the band apparently felt the need to increase the amount of writing in each song; sort of stretching out the beforehand plotting.

And while the entire mood of the EP was dark, plodding, and surreal, establishing a haunting mood where you felt like you're right at the murder scene, only a song or two here really sets up a similar setting. One such song here was the schizophrenic "Yeah, No...I Know." It begins with appropriately post-traumatic, vocal distortion, and sags along its assembly line with dragging chord-striking and pleading dual vocals, backing the beg of "someone call an ambulance..." Don't get me wrong, it's a good song, but the mood swing starts to sway three minutes in, when the emotion seems to uplift for a moment, until two more minutes later when the pleads return, finishing the song against a wall of off-key, purposely sloppy string-picking.

Much like the Rx Bandits did with The Resignation, the liner notes are a much different material from basic paper. Here it is a type of glossy paper, the clever idea back-dropping the bodies on ice photos.

Many are going to see this as a turn for the worse. Others are going to take it with a grain of salt and still be able to enjoy the music and lyrics. And still, the others will continue disliking Boys Night Out. Could they be your thing? Take a stab at it.

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unkn0wn0 (October 27, 2009)

Still by far my favorite album from these guys.

You can download it and much more here:
http://uber-warez.com/download.php?id=53

Can't believe they never come around my way!

almostpunkenough (December 25, 2008)

you know, i never woulda thought i'd say this back in 03, but over the years this album has just held up so well, especially as the genre bastardized and cannibalized itself. without a doubt, this is in my top 25 best album of this decade. an underrated masterpiece.

LooseKanonYankee (December 6, 2007)

Damn, this record still rocks!

Anonymous (June 13, 2006)

oh yeah i forgot i liked this more because it was a good cd to listen to if you got out of a bad relationship with a gf. Makes you wanna bash their brains in. like said in the movie the Shining = ]

Anonymous (June 13, 2006)

This is when i liked Boys Night Out too the fullest. The songs were fun and catchy as well like Just once and I punched in the face... But their new stuff ius okay. This is the best though

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

Best Boys Night Out cd! I'd fuck them hard! There great, there new cd sucks compared to this one

courtney_earle (April 23, 2005)

personally, i love BNO... i'd fuck em'

Anonymous (April 6, 2005)

Some of u dont like them bcoz many people,even losers knows boys night out

revolutionary (November 3, 2004)

The ramones are responsible for all of our beliefs.
BNO kicks and fuck that they werent at foxboro warped tour.

Anonymous (October 16, 2004)

... to all the losers who are basing there opinion on this shitty ass review can eat shit.. if you have never heard the band don't say you don't like them dumb ass you've never heard them, your retarded. You have no sense of your own opinion, we call people like you Followers you should grow your own thought of judgment... And if you can't find that possible you honestly should get shot in the head.

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

i use to love rap but i fucking hate it now because of bands like boys night out, matchbook romance, ext.......... so fuck you who don't like them and kiss my ass!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (June 20, 2004)

''I have never heard this band before but based on what I have read I am gonna say that I think they suck.''

sigh. you ignorant fuck.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

people who sit around and look for reasons to hate bands, have no lives, and are a bunch of dipshits. let's see people like you get on stage and play in front of huge crowds, i know what it's like, it takes a lot, so fuck you guys, these guys and every other band out there try pretty damn hard to get where they're at, and they don't need people like you ripping on their music

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

um.

i checked on boys night out reviews a couple of months ago. i had to comment on like every one of them because people were talking such shit about this band. i look now and there are actually lots of people that like them. if you just listened to the music and didn't worry so much about everything else you might actually like them.

Pasifier (February 2, 2004)

boys night out is a great band

Anonymous (January 4, 2004)

This album is great. I'm sure if some of you didn't read these comments, forgot about catagories and just gave it an honest listen you might be suprised.

btw.. Yes, Chris Danner ex Grade drummer played on the old BNO demos.

Anonymous (October 21, 2003)

funniest thing ever: i was walking back to my house from class today and there was a "make yourself sick" promo postcard on the sidewalk, and right on top of it was a huge pile of dog crap. it was hilarious.

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

Any band that quotes from "The Wedding Singer" gets 5 stars in my book.

Pirate-core is the best 'core' genre.

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

the more i listen to this, the more i like it. they add an edginess to pop punk that keeps the sap away.

-benz

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

this band is quite the suck, but the review was pretty well written. props on english skills

Anonymous (October 5, 2003)

"This a great cd.fuck you to they guy who called it fashioncore. If you cant like music cos you think 2 many people like it then you are not a true music fan. It should not matter what style it is, if its good music then you can like it. It's just stupid to not like stuff cos it's not 'underground'. You guys should grow up and get a life, and stop worrying what other people think about your music taste, and trying to be original."

Dude u need 2 shut up cos youre stupid n noe nothing bout music so stfu fag face lol kthxbye

-Justin

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

oh yea good CD.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

you all are a bunch of fuckin cry babies. "I'm this, I'm that, you're band suck ,BNO is gay, I love CORE fuckin lables, no i'm keeping the scene alive. You sound like a load of 14 yr old girls with bloody underwear. Get over it you scene kings fags.

thenick (October 4, 2003)

elvaquero.... im pretty sure that the guys meant that death by stereo is killcore, because those people died at the show.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

I have never heard this band before but based on what I have read I am gonna say that I think they suck. Everyone who posted postive reviews about this band suck and should remove their lip ring and take their backpacks off before they get in the pit at a real show. Losers!

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

This a great cd.fuck you to they guy who called it fashioncore. If you cant like music cos you think 2 many people like it then you are not a true music fan. It should not matter what style it is, if its good music then you can like it. It's just stupid to not like stuff cos it's not 'underground'. You guys should grow up and get a life, and stop worrying what other people think about your music taste, and trying to be original.

dignin (October 3, 2003)

ill be sure to tell my little sister about this.

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

Alright boys..its Boys night out...jeez I cant wait to hit the dance floor. Wait..anybody see my diesel jeans...No?..well what about my sauconys...oh there they are. So anyways ..yeah I hear theres gonna some really hot guys at this emo show. God I cant even remember the last time I got it up the butt.

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

My Chemical Romance is suckcore.

-sickboi

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

The Killing Tree mentions killing the ladies quite often. And thats all i really have to say.

ElVaquero (October 1, 2003)

death by stereo is definitely not killcore, they are just deathcore, a similar genre, but there are major musical differences. now spitalfield on the other hand...

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

umm.. yea im gonna get shot..... but uh, death by stereo is kill core.

ElVaquero (October 1, 2003)

my chemical romance almost belongs in that killcore category

inagreendase (October 1, 2003)

Well yeah, I knew about Trunks. Hell, I reviewed them a few months ago, but there're still a select few bands that revolve completly around murder.

Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

"Sure, lots of bands sing about killing girls. How many of them make it their entire theme?"

A Trunk Full of Dead Bodies comes to mind. Trunks is actually a good band too. BNO is so generic, don't care for the nasal vocals.

Leandro (October 1, 2003)

The singer sounds like Nikola but he screams. its the weirdest thing ever

thriceequalsgod (September 30, 2003)

"did anyone notice that on their mp3.com page, they listed themselves as "killcore" that is one of the better cores i've heard, not as good as sasscore or corecore but better than postcore."

not as good as tatecore ;)(thats a wink) just has a nice *ring* to it...

Kurt_F (September 30, 2003)

I prefer Mike Kinsella. He is my favorite musician/songwriter ever.

Anyways, BNO's old stuff DID often sound like Grade. There is nothing wrong with that...besides, one of the guys used to be in Grade.

ElVaquero (September 30, 2003)

tim kinsella is master of most literary devices. hoot hoot, give me another god-damn cd.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

there old stuff did sound kinda like grade, but grade fuckin rule, best band ever.
They have changed a lot from the first demos they did, even before the you are my canvas ep. They may have turned poppy but they keep getting better and better.

sk8punx4evr (September 30, 2003)

only one person can successfully pull off alliteration, and that is tim kinsella.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

did anyone notice that on their mp3.com page, they listed themselves as "killcore" that is one of the better cores i've heard, not as good as sasscore or corecore but better than postcore.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

"grade is lame...."

They sound NOTHING like grade. And grade is a fucking amazing band. You are a complete and utter retard. die.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

GG was funny... these guys just suck.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Since when do they sound like Grade or have anything in common with them except for the both being from Canada? You're a moron.

inagreendase (September 30, 2003)

Their tour manager's a pretty cool guy too, met him at the Thursday show last week.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

this is lame......
there old stuff was just like grade....lame

grade is lame....

there's much better music out there.
how did they get signed to ferret?

ElVaquero (September 30, 2003)

how fucking cool would it be to see boy's night out fight my chemical romance for the twisted-as-fuck-pop-punk crown?

-el vaquero
remember, tricking trendy young girls into liking this band isn't a joke. it's a sport.

ElVaquero (September 30, 2003)

best concept band ever.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

There is only one band in the world that could ever make music about killing women fun and cool:

The Misfits.

End of story

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

cough fashioncore cough

Kurt_F (September 30, 2003)

I really, really, really loved the EP. This album sounds kind of lame...I hope I'm not let down.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

this album is so different from the ep, but i love it none the less. its not so much "they changed their sound" they're growing as a band.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

this is based entirely on the album's concept. what kind of fucked up misogynist writes something like this?

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

This album fucking sucks. I love BNO so much and have for a few years. But, i love their old stuff so much. If you have heard their you are my canvas demo and broken bones and bloody kisses ep then you know how much their sound has changed. I mean, some of the songs are on this album are OK, but there are a few that make me want to smack the taste of connors mouth for coming up with them.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

one of the best reviews i have read in a while, good job dude. also this album owns and this bands owns so put two and two together and you get an owned experience.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

This shit is corny

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

i thought it was a let down from their EP

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Poppy music about killing girls. I dont see how this formula could get old. This album is pretty good.

downtillimunderground,
-bryan styles

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Ferret has a pretty good roster these days, Boys Night Out are right up there on that list

-bemused-

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