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Anti-Anti: Hooray For EverythingHooray For Everything (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: adamAdam
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I apologize to this band. Their promo had immediately fallen into my ďabysmal cover art and band nameĒ pile and it took them a while to climb out of it and into my stereo. From the bandís bio and presentation I was really expecting something in the goofy pop-punk vain, but instead Iím glad to report that Anti-Anti have a great grasp on speedy punk rock that lies somewhere between the Bouncing Souls and Screeching Weasel in influence.
This is fast skate punk that wouldnít seem out of place among the crowd of bands that popularized this style in the early 90s. Suffice to say those bands really played this sound into the ground, so much so that Anti-Anti may still be stuck with the stigma of being another skate-punk band. However Horray For Everything has enough energy and drive that youíre not likely to sit back and consider the ďcontextĒ of the band while the album's playing. Unfortunately 38 minutes feels like a long running time for this type of record, and once Iím 20 minutes into it I canít help but drift. By that point it really dosenít seem likely that Anti-Antiís going to throw any curves and the album suffers because of it.
Fickle reviewer attention spans aside, where this album really falters is in the fact that it doesnít establish enough of an original voice. At the end of the day, there isnít much here that distinguishes Horray For Everything from the piles of old Queers / MTX records you have lying around.
Still... thereís potential here. After a look at this bandís busy touring schedule I have no doubt theyíre in it for the long haul.
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