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Stolen Bike Crusade

Stolen Bike Crusade: Lisa MarieLisa Marie (2003)
Drunken Jim

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: adamAdam
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On Stolen Bike Crusade's second EP Lisa Marie the band still sounds like they're trying to find their niche, but are incredibly close. The Massachusetts four-piece is comes off as tight and confident, and with a little more time to simmer could go quite far. The EP commences with an untitled.
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On Stolen Bike Crusade's second EP Lisa Marie the band still sounds like they're trying to find their niche, but are incredibly close. The Massachusetts four-piece is comes off as tight and confident, and with a little more time to simmer could go quite far.

The EP commences with an untitled intro. The instrumental track is a minute of dirty metal riffing that leads into the standout "Scene Of The Crime." With this song Stolen Bike Crusade poise themselves in an interesting position between Thrice-style metallic post-hardcore and more gritty punk rock. While definitely in the post-hardcore ballpark Stolen Bike Crusade seems far more grounded and realistic than similar acts that have been signed recently. Especially on the first few tracks the throaty vocals and distortion drenched guitars help the band avoid the cold, joyless mood so many of their contemporaries create. These qualities are also present on the melodic second track "Victors & Victims."

After the rocking intro and two solid tracks Stolen Bike Crusade give off an air of confidence and direction that many young bands lack on their initial releases. Unfortunately the latter half of the EP seems like something of a misstep. "Saint Claire," with it's stereotypical screaming over otherwise quiet mid-temp music, falls far too close to the glut of new bands aping Thursday and Glassjaw. While the final two songs on the album don't get stray as far into this dangerous territory, they have a hard time pulling the momentum back to that of the impressive first half.

However just when I think we've lost another promising band to the current trend, Lisa Marie has a brief metalcore outro. If anything, it serves as a reminder that this band's still searching and can't be pigeonholed into a genre or movement just yet. It'll be interesting to see where this EP leads Stolen Bike Crusade, because it sets them at a pretty obvious crossroads.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (January 9, 2004)

meh, it was just a tricycle asshole.

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

fucking awsome !!!!!

PetroBPettson (January 4, 2004)

Someone stole my bike in September.........Mother fucker. It was a pretty sweet ride too.

Anonymous (January 3, 2004)

oi?

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

helo?

DEATHB4DISCO (December 29, 2003)

ey that was mad deep other guy

ThatotherGuy (December 28, 2003)

They stole it for their "Crusade". Just like the Catholics "Reclaimed" the Holy Land.

Scott, they are BASTARDS !! They stole Small Brown's Bike. Are they holding it for ransom ?

THAT GUY

maverick (December 28, 2003)

I wonder if we can blame this band for the demise of Small Brown Bike.

-Scott

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

Local Felons is fucking gay as shit

inagreendase (December 27, 2003)

from Mass, just read. Close though, kind of.

inagreendase (December 27, 2003)

"does this band name have anything to do with Grade? I hope so."

Most likely, being that "Victors & Victims" song title is pretty close to that of Boys Night Out's "Victor vs. the Victim" from BNO's EP. Grade and BNO being from Southern Ontario I wouldn't be surprised if someone told me Stolen Bike Crusade were too.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

does this band name have anything to do with Grade? I hope so.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

score is for the review.

GreenVandal (December 27, 2003)

I want superdude :(

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

weres superdude

qwerty

FortyMinutesWest (December 26, 2003)

My name is Jim, I enjoy being drunken. What the fuck is going on here?

ashton (December 26, 2003)

Jo gat ponkt

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Now why do they have to go and steal it?

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/

slippy (December 26, 2003)

good review adam...they sound interesting. but on an unrelated note, is anyone ever going to review the new Burnt by the sun?

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