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Pipedown

Pipedown: Mental WeaponryMental Weaponry (2003)
A-F Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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You know, as much as I dislike Anti-Flag, I do have to commend them for picking up some quality bands for their label. Bands like Much the Same, Thought Riot, Inhuman, New Mexican Disaster Squad and many more have been quite pleasing to my ears. Now I will add Pipedown to that list. Right from.
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You know, as much as I dislike Anti-Flag, I do have to commend them for picking up some quality bands for their label. Bands like Much the Same, Thought Riot, Inhuman, New Mexican Disaster Squad and many more have been quite pleasing to my ears. Now I will add Pipedown to that list.

Right from the start (well, after the sound clip anyway) I'm reminded of "Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes" era AFI and the newer wave of melodic hardcore bands such as Rise Against. The music is darkly melodic; the vocals are very similar to those of Davey Havok, before he decided to become a Fran Drescher impersonator, and the drums rarely slow down. The album as a whole is fairly dark, fitting the lyrical content, I suppose. Opening the albums insert gives immediate clues to the band's intentions, with quotes from the likes of John Locke, Sir Francis Bacon, and of course, Martin Luther King. Lots of bands quote famous people, but Pipedown went a little further and included a little bit of background information about each person. I find this to be more interesting than simply quoting someone.

The band's lyrics don't stray too far from the standard political rantings of their brethren, but they do at times show that they have a sense of humor. Such as in the song "Muppet Goes To Washington": "Another note to self today, now we've found a reason to believe that Jim Henson is under control. We were told by the government that he had died, but they had sent him underground. Plan a puppet, cheap Texan accent…" Odd, I thought Henson's final work was creating the lead singer from Nickelback, who says music doesn't teach you anything?

I miss older AFI, and although band isn't identical to (they have a wider range of influences, it seems) they fill the niche rather well. This isn't one of the top albums of the year, but if you like fast, melodic hardcore, it's certainly worth a listen.

 

 
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insipidaspersions (December 8, 2004)

I saw pipedown. it was a good show. i like them, but I haven't heard any of their recorded stuff. you're right..his face is kind of creepy while he's performing...in a good way.

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)

yeah, they sold out their bass player, doug was the sickest dude in the land

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

they are such a great band. ean's energy is so great, his stage presence and "antics" force you to get into their set. not to mention, they're GREAT guys!

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

(levithan) is ean purposly trying to sing like that

this is a prime example of justin sane ruining a band

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

hc-Punk at the best and in november they come back to switzerland! better than anti-flag... :)

Anonymous (June 21, 2004)

well done! keep going on

Anonymous (December 18, 2003)

Sacramento (and surrounding areas) grow some nice bands, now and then. Final Summation is another that comes to mind.

Nothing creeps me out more than the face of Pipedown's front man during their shows. And I can't help but giggle when he yells to the crowd something like "It's time to take our country back!" Sometimes kids need to be force fed obvious information, I guess. Gateway bands, ahoy!

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

last post courtesy of Funkisdead.
signing in was sooooo 2001.

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

my first cd was a public enemy receord, way back in 1994 or so... my second cd was the ultramagnetic mcs record from the 80s. thats right... i am all about the old school, kids.
first punk rock = rancid's lets go, nofx's punk in drublic, and green day's dookie, all purchased one fateful day in 1996.

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

my first cd was a public enemy receord, way back in 1994 or so... my second cd was the ultramagnetic mcs record from the 80s. thats right... i am all about the old school, kids.
first punk rock = rancid's lets go, nofx's punk in drublic, and green day's dookie, all purchased one fateful day in 1996.

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

A rare moment, I actually agree with 40 min.
-ThereIsLifeInThis-

notfeelingcreative (December 17, 2003)

My first Cd's were the Ramones Mania, misfits collection I and II and the Doors boxed set (I got them all for christmas 1993!)

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

Well when I seriously started getting into music my second cd was Alkaline Trio's CD from here to Infermery

FortyMinutesWest (December 15, 2003)

My second CD was Against the Grain...

I just realized that this is the second time I've mentioned Muppets in a review, hmm.

GreenVandal (December 15, 2003)

My second CD was Green Days Insomniac. My first? The soundtrack to Mortal Kombat the movie. I liked the dance theme song.

Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

"Though my second CD ever was 'Feeding of the 5000'"

Fuckin awesome. Mine was Paula Abdul. Dare I say it's almost as good as Crass.
-Janelle

Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

This album is awesome and what kind of fucking retard compares Pipedown to AFI...Fuck off you fucking prat

Anonymous (December 14, 2003)

Wow that came out wrong i ment did anyone else not get the cd

Anonymous (December 14, 2003)

Did anyone else ever get the cd from a-f for sending in your voting stub about a month ago?

Anonymous (December 14, 2003)

Look, I don't care for their music, but I like A-F as the starting point to some kids' political punk collections... Though my second CD ever was "Feeding of the 5000"...

-BSD

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

Anti-flag? More like anti-fag! haha, boy do those guys suck! yeah! i'm original!

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

better of dead is good.

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

oi oi anti-flag. oi oi anti-flag. Everyone chant it. run out side and just start yelling it. WE need to start a revolution. NOW

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

"way to go dickhead!"
it's great to see a fan of Anti Flag embracing their ideals and teachings

funkisdead (December 13, 2003)

good review.
this record isn't essential, but its pretty chill to throw on from time to time.

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

wow you had to mention that you dislike anti-flag in your review.
way to go dickhead!

notfeelingcreative (December 12, 2003)

I like "Enemies of Progress" better!

Edgie (December 12, 2003)

Very good album, although I like Enemy of Progress more. Still, like I said, it's a great CD.

skankin_in_the_pit (December 12, 2003)

I haven't heard this but "Enemies Of Progress" was really good. These guys put on a great show when I saw them with Virus 9 and Against All Authority. A-F definitely has some good bands, regardless of what you think of Anti Flag.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

This is definitely worth a 10, this is one of the best albums of the year

And I can't believe this guy didn't mention the Refused in his review, since that's what everyone compares them to

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

I remember when I used to go see Bitter Delores and Sleeping Giants all the time.

Sigh...

- Scott
you know the rest

FortyMinutesWest (December 12, 2003)

Haha, Rusted Root, oh wow. I remember in the mid-nineties when they used to play Rusted Root on the X every five minutes. Hell, maybe they still do, I haven't listened to that station for years.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

I'm hoping that Better Off Dead is the next Pittsburgh band to gain notoriety.

They were at that show too and def. need to get recognized.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(Rusted Root!!!)

FortyMinutesWest (December 12, 2003)

I'm hoping that Better Off Dead is the next Pittsburgh band to gain notoriety.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

This band is sooo great live. I saw them at one of the last Whatever it Takes shows at Roboto and I was overly impressed.

This score is for that, as I haven't heard this disc yet.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(Next big thing from PGH: Sixty Four)

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

i like this band a lot. still haven't heard this yet, which is a shame.
-Janelle

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