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The Silence/Army Of Freshmen/Split Habit/Suburban Legends - Casino Chips and Sunset Strips (Cover Artwork)

The Silence / Army Of Freshmen / Split Habit / Suburban Legends

The Silence/Army Of Freshmen/Split Habit/Suburban Legends: Casino Chips and Sunset StripsCasino Chips and Sunset Strips (2004)
Brand New Hero

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Hey all you readers over in the United Kingdom, listen up! Your friends over at Brand New Hero Records think that America has a ton of great new musical acts. They've decided that it would be in your best interest to release a compilation with four bands whose music has never been available over.


Hey all you readers over in the United Kingdom, listen up!

Your friends over at Brand New Hero Records think that America has a ton of great new musical acts. They've decided that it would be in your best interest to release a compilation with four bands whose music has never been available overseas before. Not a bad gesture for a small price, huh?

Let's see what you guys get…

First up is the Silence. After hearing their tunes I can't say I like them. It's upbeat rock music with vocals that switch from melodic to screaming at all the right moments. This sound is rather popular and it's a given that it will sell.

Coming up second is the Army of Freshman, think of the Get Up Kids (pre On A Wire) doing the Funky Chicken with Zebrahead. I don't think that mixture is supposed to sound the least bit listenable, but somehow it sort of works. The three songs handed over are keyboard lead pop-punk jams with a mixture of rapping vocals that feel perfect on a cool summer evening.

I've recently reviewed Split Habit's debut album Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and I enjoyed it. Novelty pop-punk filled with spurts of fun help make their donation to the compilation so enjoyable. "$100 Guarantee" is crammed with buoyant guitar hooks and an instantly contagious chorus. If that's not enough there's a cover of Hall & Oats' "Lady Killer!"

Finishing up are the Suburban Legends. SKA! It's time for another wave of Ska to hit the scene and maybe if that day comes I'm sure Suburban Legends could be one of the front runners. They play their genre in the same vein as Reel Big Fish, "All The Nights sounds like a b-side from Cheer Up. There are chorus' that beg for you to add your vocals, a horn section giving you a reason to shake your rump, along with tons of amusement!

You could argue that Brand New Hero Records picked some bad bands to present the United Kingdom with in order to show what the States have to offer, but they could have chosen much, much worse. By no means are any of these groups breathtaking, however none are terrible either. At a cheap price these twelve songs make up a pretty decent mix.

MP3s:
The Silence - The Day The Earth Stood Still
Army of Freshman - Get Um Up
Army of Freshman - Spring Break
Suburban Legends - High Fives

 


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Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

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Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

PSSSS- Thank you, sailor boy!

-BSD

chrisafi (July 16, 2004)

Of course I've heard more american bands. America is a much bigger country, with more investment in music and more people to from a band. I never said UK punk scene kicks US ass, but of course, all you patriots rush in and defend it all by throwing abuse and making stupid comments to "prove" US is a better punk scene that UK. I was simply saying the UK punk scene is not dead as some shithead said. My example was a new band that is doing well.

I never said expect a bloody revolution, nor did I say this band wipes the floor with every US punk band. Stop jumping and shouting about something I didn't even say

P.S. I only gave MAC 8/10
P.S.S That was only one example of new British punk to show the scene is not dead
P.S.S.S Fuck you

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

Also, from the UK kids I talked to, I'm willing to bet ChrisAFI or whoever has heard more American punk than British. Just a guess.

What old British bands do you like, Mr. AFI?

-BSD

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

I don't know about you, but I'm willing to be JAMAICA has the best ska scene. I mean, yeah, I'm all for ridiculously dressed white guys, too, though.

And I listened to your English "breakthrough" band and honestly can't believe how they could get very big... Then again, doesn't the UK celebrate shit like the Darkness?

I know I'm generalizing, but you guys characterize me as a "xenophobic American"... I was just refering, though, to how the UK used to have a good hardcore punk/crust scene, good enough to boast some of the genre's most influential bands... These days, I'm not hearing it. Most of "your" crap seems like early 90's NOFX CD's. Not to mention AFI being as big in Britain as they are in America.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

guys, these bands are American....

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

"Watch your mouth boy about the British punk scene.
As a punk fan living in Britain I think you'll find I know more about it than you and I can confirm you are full of shit

The new big punk sensation over here is "My awesome compilation" who are a purely British band. I have written a review about their debut relase and I hope it gets published on Friday so you can realise your a retard"

Why should he watch his mouth? His opinions on the UK scene seem more informed than yours. AMC are a punk sensation? Give me a break, they are nothing special and the claim that they are "purely" Britsih is as xenophobic as what the guy below attributed to Americans. I find it almost impossible to conceive they don't have influences from further afield that Britain.

Also, do you really expect BSD (or anyone for that matter) to read your 10/10 review and think "golly, how could I have been so wrong? I'm a fucking retard! The UK scene is incredible"?

I don't really mean to single you out, you're just representative of what I hear from punk fans all over Britain, phrases llike "revived scene" and "continuing rebirth" appear to saturate the scene. This is especially (and most regrettably) found in UK punk journalism, most likely from people desperate for a thriving, productive community they can call their own.

I realise I sound bitter and jaded, but I'm just calling it as I see it, I'd rather look into problems than construct a potemkin village using bands such as My Awesome Compilation. There's a lot of good things happening in the UK scene, but it parallels the US I believe. There's nothing unique.

-Anthony

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

What so I'm british and not allowed to like American bands?

I know americans have a "thing" about having to hate every canadian band ever in existance ever, but the rest of the world tends to be more liberal.

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

Yeah but your name is ChrisAFI. Queerbait retardo numbnut!

-BSD (Just jokes)

chrisafi (July 14, 2004)

Watch your mouth boy about the British punk scene.
As a punk fan living in Britain I think you'll find I know more about it than you and I can confirm you are full of shit

The new big punk sensation over here is "My awesome compilation" who are a purely British band. I have written a review about their debut relase and I hope it gets published on Friday so you can realise your a retard

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

What the fuck?! British bands are the best in the world right now. We have the best ska scene in the world, with some of the most inventive bands and songwriters around. Seriously, pull your head out your arse and realise that there's more to the world than the US.

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

As far as I'm concerned, British punk died when all of the kids started trying to imitate the Americans. This simply isn't British music, and I don't like it for that. English punk used to have its own twist, they don't even sing in English accents anymore. And I hate it when American bands sing like they're English.

It's all about mass-appeal and trying to make it in America. They saw great bands like the Ruts and the Chords not getting big bucks, because the only English punk band with mass appeal in America was the Clash.

This shit is just as lame as all of those English bands 5 years ago that were citing NOFX and Green Day as their biggest influences. English emocore? Fuck you!

-BSD

noreply (July 13, 2004)

i finally got a chace to the suburban legends live not too long ago, and their live show is one of the most energetic ive ever seen. the crowd wasnt really diggin it though, which isnt really that weird because about 90% of the crowd was there for Reel Big Fish and hadnt even heard of the other bands.

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

i usually love this kind of music, but shit, this army of freshmen band sounds like they made their songs in 5 minutes.... and the vocals... were they written by a dysfunctional 5 year old boy or what?

Not even the keyboards can save this, the vocals and the terrible vocal lines just plain out suck ass.

theOneTrueBill (July 13, 2004)

the singer of CAttle Decapitation sounds like Donald Duck.

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