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Desperado

Desperado: DesperadoDesperado (2003)
Dead Letter

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: maverickScott
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Imagine, if you will, your favorite parts about Refused. Now take your favorite parts from the Blood Brothers. Mash them together. Now, fusing together Refused's now-patented brand of politically-charged, innovative hardcore with the Blood Brothers' oh-so-sassy style of the same might not seem .
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Imagine, if you will, your favorite parts about Refused. Now take your favorite parts from the Blood Brothers. Mash them together. Now, fusing together Refused's now-patented brand of politically-charged, innovative hardcore with the Blood Brothers' oh-so-sassy style of the same might not seem to work in your mind, and to be honest, it didn't work in mine either. But when I listen to Desperado's debut EP over and over [and over and over again], it's the best comparison I can come up with.

In short, this shit rips.

Desperado is a Norweigan quintet doing what comes naturally - making loud, abrasive music that is somehow dancy, and rebelling against what is known to be "right" through lyrics such as this:

"Being paid in pocket change
seems to be enough to keep us away
bring bored overrun our need for a change
We are the mindless workers
we are the mindless spenders
we act as a blueprint of their wildest dreams."

The band's intensity is matched only by their intelligence, and amazingly, their wit. The liner notes to the EP include lists such as "5 good reasons to be in a do it yourself hardcore band" and "1 good reason to not be in an emo band" [that reason being "You don't have to release an emo recording"]. It's nice to see a band taking the heavy issues that bands like Refused covered but still retaining their sense of humor.

I'm really not sure of what else to say here anymore. If you like Refused, check this band out. If you like the Blood Brothers, check this band out. If you like innovative hardcore at all, check this out. There's a new sheriff in town, and his name's Desperado.

MP3s
Creatures Of Destructiveness
The City Eats Me Alive

 

 
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Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

Desperado rocker!!!
ikke sant?

Anonymous (February 26, 2004)

Please...please...come back so you can tell me more.

--Bing Crosby

Anonymous (February 23, 2004)

I don't see a family guy movie happening any time soon. I do see 35 new episodes happening come January.

dignin (February 22, 2004)

Family Guy movie? Is there any truth to that?

ElVaquero (February 22, 2004)

Well, I guess I am the only one who thought that this actually kind of blew. Again, they try to hard to be something. I get the feeling that they have nothing worthwhile to say.

Anonymous (February 22, 2004)

It's coming, brotha...

--Bing Crosby
"Next time your kids are giving ya' lip, hit me with a bag of sweet Valentia Oranges. They taste great and they don't leave a bruise."

lieutenant (February 22, 2004)

But Bing, it's still no Family Guy movie, correct?

t-rav (February 21, 2004)

Definitley talented...I just can't get into it.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

Not too shabby. Definately know how to play their instruments and write a decent song, but I felt it was laking the same level of intensity you get from Blood Brothers or even Refused, all though I'm not a huge Refused fan. Give the songs a listen but don't be expecting something as great as The Blood Brothers.

--Bing Crosby

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

"1 good reason to not be in an emo band"
lack of penis

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

i really like these guys. those songs are great.

-greyicewater

ElVaquero (February 20, 2004)

what's funny is that desperado isn't even a word in spanish.

this band tries too hard. meh.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

refused was ok, but the blood brothers suck, this is not innovative hardcore, this is weak no-core

Fuzzy (February 20, 2004)

why don't these guys come to their senses?

inagreendase (February 20, 2004)

Punknews.org Word of the Day

des·per·a·do
n.
1. A bold or desperate outlaw, especially of the American frontier

- defintion courtesy of dictionary.com, schtick courtesy of the user "-" -

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In other words, I don't think the joke came out like you meant it to.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

scores for the joke below me.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

i'll tell you who's a little desparado...the reviews section of this site lately...

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

score is for norway...its all fuckin far and shit.

poopypants (February 20, 2004)

do they date winona? i must have no more emo core. no more hardcore of the week. i must not like you or your bands. you dumb dumb man.

poopypants (February 20, 2004)

is this desparacidos. do they like cows and shitty orchestral pomp. do they like warbly voices. do they talk about how evil america is. this is dumb dumb dubm . i wnat no more of this. i want no upping of punx.

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