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Ensign - Love The Music, Hate The Kids (Cover Artwork)

Ensign

Ensign: Love The Music, Hate The KidsLove The Music, Hate The Kids (2003)
Blackout! Records

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Cover albums are either hit or miss, either a band takes the songs and adds their own flavor, or they play it note by note and make the whole thing seem pointless. While I would much rather have a new album full of original Ensign songs in my hands right now, "Love The Music, Hate The Kids" is an i.
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Cover albums are either hit or miss, either a band takes the songs and adds their own flavor, or they play it note by note and make the whole thing seem pointless. While I would much rather have a new album full of original Ensign songs in my hands right now, "Love The Music, Hate The Kids" is an interesting look at the band covering some of their favorites.

Ensign covers all the bases here, with a little something for everyone, covering songs from The Descendents, Sick of it All, Hüsker Dü, Negative Approach, Insted, Discharge, and The Dwarves, amongst others. While listening to these songs you can't help but feel the love Ensign has for them. It almost reminds me of the first time I learned to play one of my favorite songs, I wanted to play it forever, and show everyone. Ensign shows that same kind of passion on this disc. The first song I had to listen to was track 3, the band's take on "Anesthesia" by Bad Religion. Ensign brought in Alf from Ex Number 5 to sing the choruses of this song, and his melodic singing coupled with Tim Shaw's trademark shout create an interesting dynamic. Ensign then proceeds to churn out impressive renditions of two Descendents tracks, "I'm Not A Loser" and "Hurtin' Crue." The bands plays these songs with loads of intensity, it's almost as if they were their own songs. The guys in Ensign apparently consider The Descendents to be the best band ever, and they should rest easily knowing they nailed these songs perfectly. Ensign sets their sights across the sea, to be more specific, the U.K., with Discharge's "Protest and Survive." I wasn't totally sure if they'd be able to hit the solo, but it's nearly dead on, another home run. The song that interested me the most was Hüsker Dü's "In A Free Land." Apparently, this song was learned specifically for this album, but it really doesn't show. Frank can't exactly channel Bob Mould, but who can? This leads to my personal favorite song on the disc, "We'll Make The Difference" originally by Insted. Insted's shout along classic is resurrected in a slightly beefier version by Tim and crew, but the song remains as powerful as it ever was.

This is what a cover album should be, other bands take note. Ensign not only does these songs justice, they breathe new life into them. While song bands seek to destroy the songs they cover, Ensign plays them with genuine respect and admiration. Now that they have this out of the way, let's hope they can finally put out a new album.

I've Heard (Dag Nasty)

 

 
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Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

"The color/art style of the cover reminds me of the Comeback Kid album cover."

Same artist. Mike Bukowski. He's a pretty good artist.

Anonymous (March 17, 2004)

"Tim Shaw seemed pretty cool when I saw them live, eh."

Yeah, I saw them once, they were cool. Shaw mentioned he'd been at a protest at the UN earlier, but wasn't all preachy and shit. They did "Coolidge" that night, me and like maybe 1/4 the crowd went apeshit. I love that song.

FortyMinutesWest (February 5, 2004)

Meh, I make typos here and there, so does everyone.

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

"While song bands seek to destroy the songs they cover, Ensign plays them with genuine respect and admiration."

two reviews in a row.
forty = slipping.

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

To the person below, yeah ensign aren't gonna sound that great while you're listening to fuck on the beach! That's a given!

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

I just got the Fuck on the Beach / Matka Teresa split 7". Gotta say I about shat my fucking pants when the needle hit that blue wax....

...oh ensign? Yeah, fine I guess.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

The cover is dumb...

-BSD

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

People always give me weird looks when I wear my Ensign shirt that reads "I hope everything you ever love dies in your arms". I saw these guys with grade/impossibles/the movie life Ensign was the only band that I really enjoyed!

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

I dont get the album art really. To me its a guy with a guitar trying to smash a kid that looks and is dressed exactly the same. If they wanted to bash the various clans of "scenesters" such as fashioncore and tough guys then why did they put a normal looking guy on the cover? I would have to now call them "elitists". I think they are just as concerned with their image as the people they are bashing. just cause a kid has a fashionhawk or dyed black hair doesnt make him fake. Just because you have been playing hardcore for a long time doesnt make you king hardcore either. Basically im saying your appearance doesnt make you a bad guy. unless you are a goth

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

are you on prazak bsd. I actually read a few things you wrote that made sense

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

"ahh... but do they sound like a band that a bigwig fan would like? even though the two bands themselves don't sound alike?"

Your question gave me vertigo. I like Deicide and The Get Up Kids but I wouldnt ask someone to break the code of bands I like that are not alike.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

"man, a straight-edge band (correct me if i'm wrong) doing a Dwarves cover?
the hilarity cometh
does anyone know which song it is? because if it's "Let's Fuck" or, even better, "Free Cocaine", that would be priceless (if they're straight-edge, that is)"

I think its kinda funny that evergreen terrace covers smashing pumpkins- zero on their new cover cd, they are christian and they sing the line "god is empty just like me" silly silly chirst fearing generic hardcore bands rule!

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

this is way too loud for me. i listen to alanis morrisete and go on roadtrips while drinking herbal tea. la la la la
-twat

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

ensign was one of the first hardcore bands i ever liked. so far that, theyve got my love.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

Its a sign of good taste covering Negative Approach, Dwarves, Misfits, Hüsker Dü...guess I should check em out...though Negative Approach & Dwarves are untopable

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

Uh if you think covering another band is a symbol that your band is superior... I don't see how... Argh, forget it.

-BSD

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

Negative Aproach? how dare this band! Ensign will never TOUCH negative approach. weak.

FortyMinutesWest (February 1, 2004)

I know it's not hard (I mean, I can play it) but Ensign isn't a band that uses solos, so I was curious to see if they could make it sound natural. If that makes any sense.

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

I think Terry Bones's solo is pretty easy. He may have been revolutionary, but his stuff is super easy to play.

-BSD

FortyMinutesWest (February 1, 2004)

I don't think anyone is comparing them to Bigwig, just wondering if they'd appeal to the same fanbase. Maybe.

soulbleed (February 1, 2004)

forty: come on, it couldn't last forever :)

btw, where did this 'bigwig' comparison even come from? jesus. get over it. :P

inagreendase (February 1, 2004)

The color/art style of the cover reminds me of the Comeback Kid album cover.

TheOneTrueBill (February 1, 2004)

That's the show I saw them at. Great show.

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

I saw them a few years back with TSM, at the metro, and they had the whole bottom floor into a circle pit, im serious, not one person was standing around. So any band that can do that is ok in my book.

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

ensign is not (and never has been) an "edge" band. so that one dude's comment is irrelevant.

tim shaw may ramble a lot at shows but its cause the kids who are there cause they love hardcore and punk will listen to him, and everyone else will just get pissed, which is exactly what tim wants. doesn't the album cover say it all? tim shaw has been involved in hardcore and punk his whole life and the last thing he wants to see at shows is fashioncore kids, tough guy shitheads, trend-hoppers, message board shit talkers, etc., at any shows where bands are (for lack of a better term) putting their hearts out for everyone.

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

no one mentioned the misfits cover. did they leave it off the final album!? I had the advance a few months ago...Hatebreeders? FUCK

FortyMinutesWest (February 1, 2004)

Tim Shaw seemed pretty cool when I saw them live, eh.

bigwignj (January 31, 2004)

I like Ensign. I actually became a fan of them from the bigwig, suicides machine tour a few years back. Seeing ensign without knowing their music will make you hate the band. Tim Shaw is sooo annoying. I think if you like bigwig's more hardcore songs there is a great possibility you will like ensign....they are pretty much straight rock with a hardcore shout. Its not screaming or yelling, really just shouting. All in all i like them, but they are no bigwig.....

FortyMinutesWest (January 31, 2004)

Soulbleed's back for a couple weeks and we already disagree on things, go figure.

And, I like Bigwig and I like Ensign, so you might too.

soulbleed (January 31, 2004)

i love ensign, don't get me wrong. they represent jersey like few others do .. but this album sucks ass.

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

ahh... but do they sound like a band that a bigwig fan would like? even though the two bands themselves don't sound alike?

FortyMinutesWest (January 31, 2004)

They sound nothing like Bigwig, but check out "Cast The First Stone" that's my favorite.

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

I know that Tom Petta from Bigwig really likes this band. I really like Bigwig. Would I like Ensign? If so, what album would people recommend?

TheOneTrueBill (January 31, 2004)

I saw Ensign a few years ago, and I quote "We're a fuckin' heavy metal band, and I can't sing."

I never really liked them to much, but I don't hate them.

FortyMinutesWest (January 31, 2004)

"I Will Deny"

notaclevername (January 31, 2004)

man, a straight-edge band (correct me if i'm wrong) doing a Dwarves cover?
the hilarity cometh
does anyone know which song it is? because if it's "Let's Fuck" or, even better, "Free Cocaine", that would be priceless (if they're straight-edge, that is)

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

best album cover ever!

bigwignj (January 30, 2004)

Another good NJ band, and by far the most underrated hardcore band around. All this new school bullshit is getting all this attention but ensign has always been good straight punk hardcore. Ensign rule, but tim shaw needs to preach a little less at shows. Very Very annoying to say the least.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

Ensign sux! Go bey the nU RanCid disk!!!1

Up teh punx!

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

covering dwarves & Hüsker dü shows they have good taste in music

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

Good selection of songs, I must say.

-BSD

skankin_in_the_pit (January 30, 2004)

I picked this cd as one of my free ones for subcribing to AMP but got the Kill Your Idols cover cd instead. I never complained because the KYI record kicks ass. I really do need to get this, though.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

There are so many really good Dag Nasty songs to cover, and yet they do "I've Heard", a song that No Use For a Name has already done, and the song that really has the least amount of personality of all of Dag Nasty's songs.

--Cos

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

"What Sick of it All song/songs did they cover?"

G.I. Joe Headstomp

TheOneTrueBill (January 30, 2004)

They cover the Replacements too!

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/1/blacktiebombersmusic.htm

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

Any album that covers Discharge gets 5 stars in my book.

_911 (January 30, 2004)

good stuff. can't wait for the new album.. very underrated band

i-type-poorly (January 30, 2004)

i love teh album cover

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

Score 4 Art

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

What Sick of it All song/songs did they cover?

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

ensign fucking rocks.

Ramo

dazed (January 30, 2004)

I totally agree: They need to put out new album.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

I love Ensign, but wasn't too fond of this.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

ditto on the album title.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

one of the most underrated bands

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

The title of this album is, perhaps, the most articulate thing I have ever read to describe my life and relationship to going to shows.

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