Teenage Rehab - More Than A Job (Cover Artwork)

Teenage Rehab

Teenage Rehab: More Than A JobMore Than A Job (2004)
AMP Magazine

Reviewer Rating: 2.5

Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Teenage Rehab play the same brand of old-school fueled, dirty, fast, throaty, grungy skate punk rock that our forefathers perhaps would've liked to see duplicated in the hundreds column. Either way, the punk veterans' newest effort uses plenty of distorted guitar and quick, first-listen anthems w.

Teenage Rehab play the same brand of old-school fueled, dirty, fast, throaty, grungy skate punk rock that our forefathers perhaps would've liked to see duplicated in the hundreds column.

Either way, the punk veterans' newest effort uses plenty of distorted guitar and quick, first-listen anthems with few forays into slower territory (save for a midtempo romp like "The Animal Inside (You Better Go)"). All of these songs clock in at less than three minutes apiece on the fifteen-track album. Upon initial listen it's likely you'll already be singing the chorus of More Than A Job's proper first song, "Medication:" "I need some medication / Medication! / I need some therapy."

The major, major problem is that it comes off sounding more like silly revivalism than dedication to the past, even if that's not what they're aiming for. Whereas someone like The Exploding Hearts could make music so recent sound almost thirty years old and completely infectious at the same time, Teenage Rehab makes recent music that's only trying to sound twenty years old, and it's just not completely together. There are traces of fine-tuned nods, like the pseudo, echoing solo near the end of "Elbow Room," but they're few and far between. I understand the band was born on the cusp end of their main sound, and I'm not familiar with any of their earlier material, but this particular full-length is really put forth with nothing new nor a sense of real interest.

As vague and mundane as these complaints sound, it's only a reflection of how vague and mundane this album is, which is odd for three-chord punk rock. It's not horrible by any means, but maybe a lack of more energetic power and any other aforesaid offerings are what really hurts it.



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clamum (February 20, 2009)

Hahaha. Gotta love old BSD/Will's know-it-all comments. He was, what, 14 or 15 years old back then?

He reminds me of the Computer Science students when I was in college, in the computer lab. These CS geeks talking about things they have no clue about but trying to sound like they understand it all. Goddamn annoying little pretentious fucks if I've ever heard one.

Does he still post here? I'd love to get educated by Sir Genius.

Anonymous (May 1, 2007)

I personally thought this album and Plunk Rock were fuckin awesome. I think a lot of people just like to tear down any album that's reviewed. Makes you feel good about yourself.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

Here's the thing about Rehab. They are a fun, well done local band and that's it. I think they all understand that's all there is to it except for maybe the kid playing drums. They know nothing is special about their music and most of it is a joke with them trying to play the simplest songs they can when they can really play much better. Anywhere you go there are good local bands and everyone there loves them. Rehab really stands out because they are really content to play that role. They are real and don't care. They enjoy playing for the children and I like them alot but wouldn't if I had ever lived in another town and heard them. Rock on hippies.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

i cant spell for shit man.....
my bad! i love rehab they rock my socks off


Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

i like rehab...i liked their old stuff and i do like their new stuff..i was a little stunned when i heard the new stuff because it didnt cound like anything from PLUNK ROCK.....i was like wait man, is this really rehab? they have matured and their music is getting better and better......the next cd will prolly be so good that everyone that listens to it will either have an orgasm or piss themselves......wither way you're bound to get wet over some rehab....my fav song is mental ward..... keep rockin yous guys

-your local band lover-

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

I've tossed a many of salad. Haha

FeatheredMullet (July 15, 2004)

Alex Reject - have you ever tossed a salad or worn a pair of arabian goggles? You should consider trying either, it's good for the complextion. Have you ever snorted coke off of a celebrities penis? I would love to do that to Dustin Diamond, the actor who played Screech. Do you guys rock so hard that my cock would fall out of my tight leather pants so I could rock out with my cock out? Keep it real brotha and don't trust whitey.

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

Correction: most of them died

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

They were group that died in a van crash. They played very 70's inspired poppy punk rock.


Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

I am in the band and it is lame, hahaha. No, We aren't trying to be poppy. We are just having fun playing music that we love. I think most people expect us to be like the Queers or something like that, but, we are just a band thats playing punk rock. While I like the first part of this review, I don't really agree with the ending. But, thats ok, cuz, Every one is different. I haven't ever heard of the Exploding Hearts. Fill me in. Thats not our street team, just, people who've bought the album in our town and liked it.

---Alex Reject---
Teenage Rehab

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

I really like this band, I would have to say Medication is my fav. song but all are good.

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

That's lame. You can tell either the band or their street team made those last 4 comments.


Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

teenage retard is ripping it up little yellow bus style

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

This album fucking rocks ass... Its the best of punk to me and is as good as it gets... Your opinion sucks because i think are original... But then again, this site says blink 182 is good... -deth

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

Black Flag and Descendents would truly have toured with Teenage Rehab if they were around in the 80's!

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

This album rocks all new bands asses!!!

Anonymous (July 10, 2004)

The thing is that the Exploding Hearts just weren't that unpopular.


gladimnotemo (July 10, 2004)

I would have loved their music even before they died...the first time I heard about the Hearts, though, was in Razorcake, right after their accident.

Oh, to be uber-connected in "the scene".

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

It sucks that about 1/10th of the people claiming to love them now didn't even know who they were/would've liked their music before the crash.


Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

Ska Rules!!!!!!!!!!!! !!

gladimnotemo (July 9, 2004)

For mention of the Exploding Hearts, this gets 10 stars.

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

I really don't think this was a good album for you to review. I hate to use the old cliche, but in this case it rings true: you don't get it. These guys aren't trying to be poppy like the Hearts and I doubt punk's forefathers liked the idea of anyone copying them in the first place.


Anonymous (July 9, 2004)


=smatchymo the trumpeteer

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