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Stray Bullets

Stray Bullets: The Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous FortuneThe Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


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"Stray Bullets?" "…The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune…?" Believe it or not, this isn't hardcore and I'm not FortyMinutesWest. These alcohol-induced, hangover-ridden, generally pissed off folks instead pride themselves on ska-influenced, upstroke-laced, working class punk rock that isn'.
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"Stray Bullets?" "…The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune…?" Believe it or not, this isn't hardcore and I'm not FortyMinutesWest.

These alcohol-induced, hangover-ridden, generally pissed off folks instead pride themselves on ska-influenced, upstroke-laced, working class punk rock that isn't far from the likes of Operation Ivy and their breakup resultant Rancid, with some definite moments of mid-90s Suicide Machines (goddamnit, I hate agreeing with press release band comparisons). Disparaging offerings like "the cost of living will keep rising / while the chance of finding work is going down" and "I take whiskey in my coffee 'cause it's cheaper than a meal" adorning their beer-fueled anthems prove that cynicism is still alive and well in Boston.

The way lead vocalist Jon Cauztik quickly shouts lines like "evacuate the people from the bullet riddled shops" has me convinced he wakes up every morning to a picture of Tim Armstrong on his bedroom mirror. There are times on this record I could absolutely swear that Armstrong himself provides guest vocals (honestly tell me that isn't him supplying a line in "Gone"), but there's nary a credit in the liner notes. At one point, Cauztik seems to take a cue from another lead vocalist; a younger Tomas Kalnoky could've co-wrote and sung the bridge in "Hey Rebekka," which goes "could you ever love a kid who's done everything I did / there's been a lot of stupid shit throughout the years / I'll admit that it was fun but now I'm hanging up my guns in the hopes that you're the one who wants to hold me dear" over head-bobbing ska upstrokes.

Overall, the band's sound is a little too close to the aforementioned bands who helped revolutionize it at the time. But the consistency and catchiness is admirable, and prevents it from acting as a lackadaisical tribute instead of the competent, modestly good punk rock record it is.

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Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

The comic on which their name is based is excellent. The band, not so much.

theOneTrueBill (July 31, 2004)

I downloaded the MP3 and rather enjoyed it. I'm in a ska phase I guess, because tonight I'm seeing Reel Big Fish.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

good review.

Good band.

FortyMinutesWest (July 31, 2004)

I liked the intro.

gladimnotemo (July 30, 2004)

"he wakes up every morning to a picture of Tim Armstrong on his bedroom mirror."

wow, that's a good idea.

opivykid (July 30, 2004)

Yeah, I also saw them at Ska is Dead, and yes, they SUCKED!!!

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

Saw them open for both Streetlight Manifesto and the Ska is Dead Worcester show...they ain't that great

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

blobbedy-blobbedy blah, something to say, bitch bitch bitch, blobbedy blobbedy, blah blah.....fucking scenesters, blah blah, bitch bitch, I have better taste than you.

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Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

i love sociopolitical ska

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