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Killer Squirrel - Self Released (and loving it) (Cover Artwork)

Killer Squirrel

Killer Squirrel: Self Released (and loving it)Self Released (and loving it) (2004)
Operation Phoenix Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Killer Squirrel is a solo project. A man, a guitar, his roommate's bass gear, some drum loops, and semi-tongue in cheek political lyrics. This CD follows a basic pattern of the two most basic song structures ever: three chord punk and twelve bar blues. Behind every song is a strong political mess.
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Killer Squirrel is a solo project. A man, a guitar, his roommate's bass gear, some drum loops, and semi-tongue in cheek political lyrics. This CD follows a basic pattern of the two most basic song structures ever: three chord punk and twelve bar blues. Behind every song is a strong political message, and behind that is a sense of comedy.

When he isn't using silly sounding drum loops, it's not that bad. Well, the song "Speaking My Mind" is, mostly just because it's a lot of his recorded flatulence, but to be fair, it is pretty funny. Tracks like the bluesy acoustic "My American Dream (by way of a 737), telling the story that his American Dream is fulfilled because a plane crashed on his head and now he has someone to sue. Ridiculous, right? But it hits home. Lines like "rich people have taught me/that life is cheap/and corporations can do anything they please/so why not me?" Lyrics haven't been simpler and more to the point, but it really fits with the entire idea of the band.

My favorite track easily would be the thrashfest "Raindrops," that comes complete with double-time looped drums, distorted vocals, and a little voice skit at the end featuring a hero named "Weak-sauce."

Probably what I most appreciate about this release is the sheer DIY attitude about it. One guy has an affection for politics and humor, and puts them together on an album that he wrote, played every instrument for, and put out independently on his own label. That's fucking punk rawk.

Overall, it's got no lasting value, but serves it's purpose as novelty, and could bring a smile to your face if you're in need of intentional comedy music in the key of punk.

 


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rrzon (October 23, 2004)

Cool shit. I want to hear more.

loggerhd (October 17, 2004)

thank god! something interesting has finally happened in the punk scene.

chan_e (October 16, 2004)

It sounds tight, but i've never heard of this band before

sorb25 (October 13, 2004)

I heard this band got a jacked up review from some poseur website. Let me set a few things straight. First, Killer Squirrel is fucking better than 99 percent of the shit on this site. Second, stop using the word “punk” to describe all these pop bands and indie bands that send in CDs for you to review. It’s bad enough that your website’s name uses the word and then reviews pop, metal, and rap music. Third, it’s very plain to see that the reviewers on this site are completely inept when it comes to punk music. Just check out the current music that got excessive praise: Blood Brothers and Sahara Hotnights. Both bands barely have enough talent to wipe their own asses. Have you ever wondered what happened to the good punk scene? Well, shitty bands got stellar reviews from incompetent reviewers which in turn encouraged other shitty bands to release more shitty music. Meanwhile, all the cool bands got shit on by the same reviewers. Don’t listen to this meathead reviewer. Killer Squirrel rules.

pdigit (September 30, 2004)

...the cereal match is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

doccantgetme (September 28, 2004)

if this band was a cartoon, it would be the simpsons

gregh (September 28, 2004)

fuken kool song(s) - weeird

Carly77 (September 11, 2004)

I like it. Sounds good.

perry67 (September 9, 2004)

Cool songs. Cool site.

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

No way Jose

Sara( no h)

amk88 (September 6, 2004)

mp3 songs sound sick! take that you crybaby bear hugging emo kids!

TrailerParkJesus (September 3, 2004)

sounds like some good stuff

xmidipunkbastardx (September 3, 2004)

the mp3 sounded like some good quality fun.

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