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Slumlords

Slumlords: SlumlordsSlumlords (2004)
Perfect Victim

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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It seems like there are a lot of bands that are dissatisfied with the state that hardcore and punk are currently in. Either that, or lots of press release writers had to same idea at the same time. The latter wouldn't exactly shock me. Come on people, can't you just go back telling us that every .
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It seems like there are a lot of bands that are dissatisfied with the state that hardcore and punk are currently in. Either that, or lots of press release writers had to same idea at the same time. The latter wouldn't exactly shock me. Come on people, can't you just go back telling us that every band will immediately move to the forefront of their genre? Whatever the reason, lots of revival bands are popping up all over the place in an effort to bring things back to good old days, or something like that. As unlikely as that is, don't tell that to these guys.

With this is in mind, it's not surprising that this band is a bit of throw back to older hardcore, and although to the band's delight, it's not a new concept, the Slumlords still manage to put out some catchy music. Aside from their hardcore influences, the band also throws in some bits of oi and street punk. Comparisons could be made to Agnostic Front, especially on the first track, "Dirty Rat." In general, this is a fun record to listen to, despite the band's apparent intentions; it's not overly heavy handed. It's more memorable than some other revival bands, and it's not forcing any specific agenda down the listener's throat.

Although the best way to change the landscape of current music might not be doing things over again, Slumlords have made a valiant effort to inject some energy into the process. Even if this band is never as prolific as their influences, I'm sure they've done them proud with this very strong release. Perfect Victim has quality been putting out some good music lately. Their curious name will probably turn some people off, but as long they put out quality material, I don't really care.

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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
tahoejeff (September 9, 2004)

Its true...Lousy does sound like Cookie Monster!!! C is for cookie!!!

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

Who the hell?

Sara( no h)

FortyMinutesWest (September 8, 2004)

If you want to hear cookie monster, listen to Lousy.

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

I'm telling you, it sounded like Cookie Monster singing karaoke over the Bro Hymn track! - TahoeJeff

FortyMinutesWest (September 8, 2004)

I should also note, that since I don't listen to Breakdown much, I'm not going to immediately pick out the vocals.

FortyMinutesWest (September 8, 2004)

Haha, Breakdown meets DKM? Not at all, I don't know what record you were listening to. As for the Breakdown connection, I never cared about that band, so I didn't mention it, oh well. I didn't have the liner notes with me either.

To make you happy, this band has members of:
Breakdown, Day Of Mourning, Comin' Correct, Wake Up Cold, and a couple others. Now go ahead and pat yourself on the back a few times.

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

Thank you Forty for once again proving that you started listening to hardcore last year! Everyone, the most important part of this band is that the singer of Slumlords sang for the almighty and legendary band BREAKDOWN. Thie Slumlords sound like Breakdown meets Dropkick Murphys or something like that. And it's seriously fucking amazing.

TheOnetrueBill (September 7, 2004)

No, it's just bad.

tahoejeff (September 7, 2004)

That mp3 sounds like Bro Hymn! Whoooa...oh oh oh.....Whoooa oh oh oh oh!!!

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