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A Small Victory

A Small Victory: El CaminoEl Camino (2004)
Lobster Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: FuzzyFuzzy
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Lobster Records houses two of the best kept secrets of modern punk, Park and Staring Back. A little while ago, they released an EP from the Atlanta based band A Small Victory, and I sadly paid it no mind. ASV is back with another release on the ol' crustacean, and I'm fucking hooked. Their soun.
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Lobster Records houses two of the best kept secrets of modern punk, Park and Staring Back. A little while ago, they released an EP from the Atlanta based band A Small Victory, and I sadly paid it no mind. ASV is back with another release on the ol' crustacean, and I'm fucking hooked.

Their sound is at first dismissed as another pop-punk band. At least, for the first 20 seconds of the opening track "Limousines and Cheap Cigars." However, they actually have balls behind their sound. I mean rock and roll testicles of power. They don't chug forward with pretty twinkling guitars, but rather bring out some Aerosmith inspired rock and guitar solos to spice up their mix of punk and pop. Their chops aren't bad either, and are able to pull of the rather ambitious sounds they laid down.

The melodies on this disc are pretty infectious. To the point that I was repeating each track twice before going on to the next one when I first listened to it. At times, the style of writing reminds me of Vinnie from LTJ, most notably on the closer, Blindman's Holiday. The lyrics are delivered with sincerity, and at times there are hints of Jesse from Brand New's influence in the delivery. However, unlike the Long Island heart throbs, they aren't quite as self absorbed or self destructive. Where his voice really shines is the acoustic/balls out rocker Farewell Capeside.

The addition of a mostly acoustic track is going to be of debate amongst the "true punkers" I'm sure, but I love the song. Rather than coming off as a rejected track from "Punk Goes Acoustic" or as a demo of a yet-to-realized song, it sounds like a singer/songwriter relapse to the 1970's (or an acoustic Gin Blossoms track). In the middle of it, the balls out rock comes, with smashing guitars and drums, along with a melancholy guitar solo that apes the vocal melody.

This disc is pretty awesome. It's pretty infectious, and it's pretty obvious why Lobster snatched these guys up. To be sure, we'll be hearing more of A Small Victory soon, as they move on to bigger and better things.

 


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Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

these guys should have become famous. they had talent, and its definitely too bad this is the last thing they came out with
RIP

Anonymous (April 10, 2005)

I really enjoy a small victory, but i have trouble calling it punk. The vocal style and tempo really just dont bring punk to my mind. It seems closest to pop-rock to me. It still rocks. Best songs, Hell-bent on heaven's smile, Farewell capeside (total best one), james dean b-side, and limosines and cheap cigars

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

a small victory is so great.

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

i like em

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

Good Band imo ...

Anonymous (October 19, 2004)

This cd is nasty.....

Anonymous (October 19, 2004)

This cd is unbelievably good......soooooooo good..... ill just say
Amy Never Misses, Otis, and Blindmans Holiday are amazing.... and if any of you fuckers disagree, you can f off

Anonymous (September 18, 2004)

i am in love with ASV if its pure shit, fuck you

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

your moms pure shit...aww snap

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

this is pure shit

inagreendase (September 10, 2004)

now they are pretty much strictly punk rock.

...sorry?

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

lobster used to have mock orange and jargon. now they are pretty much strictly punk rock.

Anonymous (September 9, 2004)

Staring Back had a terrible first few releases too. ON is an excellent album. Just because these guys' EP sucked, give the new album a chance.

FortyMinutesWest (September 9, 2004)

"most people on this comment board are judging this band by their ep...but if you took the time to listen to this album you'd see that its actually really good, even for all of you who have horrible taste in music."

They both suck.

Anonymous (September 9, 2004)

wow. this is a surprise. the ep sucked the big one. i cant imagine this could be any better but apparently so....

Anonymous (September 9, 2004)

most people on this comment board are judging this band by their ep...but if you took the time to listen to this album you'd see that its actually really good, even for all of you who have horrible taste in music.

Anonymous (September 9, 2004)

lobster has the best bands in pop punk/rock whatever you call it these days....
ASV's old stuff was pretty gay but i really enjoy the newer stuff. rock on dudes.

Anonymous (September 9, 2004)

I'll have to check this out. It's getting a 5 now because I haven't heard it, but Lobster releases some pretty good stuff (Staring Back, Park, Whippersnapper)

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

Ew. Sucks.

Aerosmith? Fuck Aerosmith.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

now that everyone and their kid sister has released an acoustic song, is it ever really an issue, even with 'true punkers'? i really hope not...

maverick (September 8, 2004)

Boring as all get out.

Kevin Wade says this band sounds like the Darkness. I don't understand how.

-Scott

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

staring back found a new singer.. some kid from illinois or indiana or something. no idea when they're gonna start recording a new record or touring. hopefully soon

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

Sawthese guys play and was blown away. nothing horribly too standoutish, but mand awesom guys, and awesome music. lobster's got some good bands under neath it now. i wanna hear the new emmanuel cd, that is gonna rock my ass off.
-paki punk

flummo (September 8, 2004)

Balls sure were mentioned a lot in this review.

mykindofmurder (September 7, 2004)

horrible name.

TheMarc (September 7, 2004)

Agh!!! Boring! Lobster needs to have their bands crank up the speed!! Also, does anyone know about the Staring Back singer situation?

pastepunk (September 7, 2004)

this release is a big step up from their EP - not nearly as formulaic and with a lot more emphais on the guitarwork. The EP merely noted that the band could write some good pop songs, but this release definitely sees the band getting more comfortable in their own skin.

Anonymous (September 7, 2004)

these guys are ok. i haven't heard this new album. i'll check it out eventually. but if you want a great atlanta band listen to Me and Him Call It Us.

-greyicewater

FortyMinutesWest (September 7, 2004)

This release is pretty terrible.

fastkilr (September 7, 2004)

Bigger and better things, huh? I think they have a long way to go for that!

blaubs21 (September 7, 2004)

i have a mp3 from their EP and thought it was pretty damn generic. catchy mind you, but generic. any reason to believe this is different?

Anonymous (September 7, 2004)

park is the greatest lobster band, but over it is pretty damn good as well

Anonymous (September 7, 2004)

I listened to this at the record store and it sounded like an entire album of generic emo-rock B-sides.

bemused (September 7, 2004)

I think Over It is another of Lobster's great bands, and Days Like These have their moments

-chris-

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