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Tiltwheel: Hair Brained Scheme AddictsHair Brained Scheme Addicts (1999)
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Ahem. God damn. Let me say it again. God damn. This is punk rock done right. Let me set the stage for you. A shimmering sample of "Old Yeller" gives way to a light, sparse guitar intro. Then the guitar schreeches, the snare drum hits, and all the instruments rocket in. You hear Davey's gu.
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Ahem.

God damn.

Let me say it again. God damn.

This is punk rock done right.

Let me set the stage for you. A shimmering sample of "Old Yeller" gives way to a light, sparse guitar intro. Then the guitar schreeches, the snare drum hits, and all the instruments rocket in. You hear Davey's guttural yelp of "A family of five I saw burn alive/And all that's left is the blood on the highway" and every band member rocking out to the max. Around this point your head implodes from expiriencing nearly unprecedented amounts of rockage. It's colossal.

I have to admit, I didn't see this coming from a long way. Tiltwheel's earlier 7"s and splits were... well, only slightly above average at best. I mean, they weren't bad, just not something that you'd go out of your way to own. However, we here see almost unrivaled passion and intensity. This is a vital album, too important not to be heard by the punx.

Influences and comparisons are hard to pick out. Generally, the music is punk rock by way of The Broadways, Jawbreaker (but if the former had song structure and heavier than the latter) and the like, but is in a category all of it's own. These are ten very original songs. Even the cover, "Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)" (originally by Icicle Works) sounds totally fresh and new, and lyrically it falls into the same vein as Tiltwheel. In the opening of "Al Quint Is An Emo Pussy", whats this? A beautiful piano introduction over guitar feedback! This album manages to be hard rocking and devoid of any and all pretention yet still have an arty quality to it. This is something that very few modern bands have achieved.

Why don't more bands have the ability to combine catchy, happy-sounding music with depressing lyrics? It works so well and seems so simple in theory, yet Tiltwheel is one of the few bands that can pull it off. Just a few of the topics covered here are remorse ("Song That Used To Be Called Aaron's Song") drinking ("All I Care About Is Me, My Rum and You") and being remorseful about drinking ("2:07 AM"). At first a glance at the lyric sheet may remind you of a cookie-cutter emo band, but Davey's gruff, catharsisy, Gunmoll-esque voice truly breathes life into the words.

Davey's life depends on music; be it creating music or listening to that created by others, and this shines throughly with crystal clarity on this record unlike anything Tiltwheel has done. If you get to see them live, there is so much sadness and passion behind every chord that (to paraphrase Razorcake) its like his heart is connected directly to his amplefier.

I cannot emphasize enough how excellent this album is. There are very few other bands I have ever been this excited about. The record has been glued to my turntable since it first arrived in the mail a month ago.

[I wrote the original version of this review for ihatemusic.org.]

 

 
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Dedricthere (December 20, 2010)

Great freakin' review. Tiltwheel is so fuckin' good they give boners to my ears.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

Very powerful songs. I liked it.

Whisper to a scream is my favourite song.

Goodbye
R

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

i ain't no goddamn son of a bitch you better think about it baby i ain't no goddamn son of a bitch you better think about it baby

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

best tiltwheel song is hands down "Hold My Hand to Make Them Go Away" it is actually probably one of my top 3 favorites songs period

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

I prefer Hair Brained Schemes.

REALPUNX4LIFE (December 10, 2003)

Scott, Hair Brained Scheme Addicts is much better. Not that Battle Hymns is a bad record but this one is outstanding.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

that as good, sometimes better

maverick (December 10, 2003)

I own Battle Hymns For The Recluse Youth, that record is good times. Is this one better/worse?

-Scott

GreenVandal (December 10, 2003)

Sounds good...ILL GIVE IT A WHIRL!

*slaps knee*

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

"Remember that time in high school when we got really wasted and tried to eat as much peanut butter as we could,"

So THAT explains why Superdude's so morbidly obese.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

Keep it on ihm, pl33z

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

wow - here's a band name that I never thought would surface again, let alone on this site. These guys have a far-reaching discography, all of which is worth tracking down. - Jordan Pastepunk

superdude (December 9, 2003)

Dear Tiltwheel,

Remember me?

I just love the way your name is, "Tiltwheel," it's so fun, exotic, and dangerous.

A delicious combination indeed.

Remember that time in high school when we got really wasted and tried to eat as much peanut butter as we could, and then you went on a date with that girl who was allergic to peanut butter, and you kissed her and she died?

Oh man, that was the best.

Except that she died.

Oh well, come home soon!

Superdude

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Hah, I guess I got better at reviewing because this isn't getting slammed nearly as hard as the I Hate Myself review I wrote. Or maybe I spent more than 5 minutes on this one.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

where there's a will there's an "A".
-Janelle

musical-monkey (December 9, 2003)

ihatemusic.org is a cool site. gotta love fordirelifesake and against me videos

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

this is one of my favorite albums. i love their split with watch it burn too

REALPUNX4LIFE (December 9, 2003)

The best time in my life was the three days I followed tiltWheel in the summer of 2001 when they toured with the Urchin. More bands need to be as awesome as these guys. And these guys need to tour more often than most bands. I predict that their next record will be the best record of whatever decade it comes out in. So it'll be the best record of 2010-2019.

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