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The Atomic Missiles

The Atomic Missiles: Are RealAre Real (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


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There's something unassuming about The Atomic Missiles, an intangible quality that's greater than the sum of it's parts. Are Real provides a curious mix of Bomp-style lo-fi garage with enough pop sensibilities to make a successful alt-rock band. However, rather than tapping into the fashion consci.
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There's something unassuming about The Atomic Missiles, an intangible quality that's greater than the sum of it's parts. Are Real provides a curious mix of Bomp-style lo-fi garage with enough pop sensibilities to make a successful alt-rock band. However, rather than tapping into the fashion conscious stream of Television-inspired acts vying for a piece of The Strokes' pie, The Atomic Missiles are charting their own course of deep psychedelic grooves, the occasional burst of punk fury and smarter-then-it-seems lyricism.

Sean Korman's vocals are the real defining feature here and their deadpan monotone that gives the record a unique edge. The band seems to be playing off his vocal style, and as a result the songs always seem slightly slower. It's a bit more laid back then one expects. Of course, this should kill the record's momentum, and at times it comes close, but the band's rhythm section takes it as an opportunity to plant their hooks deeper in your head. The greatest skill of the Atomic Missiles is that when they want the world to slow down and groove just a little more, they succeed more often than not.

This works best on tracks like the "Warm Bed on A Cold Night" and the album opening "The War Is Over." It's here where the Missiles are at their most cohesive, with a Pixies inspired melody and venomous lyrics delivered in Korman's sleepy drone. Over a crunchy garage rhythm he kicks the record off with a delightfully off-kilter call and response of "The television news tell me that the war is over", followed by a charmingly sarcastic group response of "Yeah... yeah... yeah." It's moments like these that should get a smile from fans of the Taking Heads' or Ramones' quirks. The band's forays into safer alt-rock territory are less inspired though. If marketing were no issue, "California" and "How Much Do I Adore You" would quite likely make a splash on modern rock radio, but up against the other material on the record they sound somewhat out of place. On the other hand, fast punk songs like "1999" sound more natural for the band. It's far from the most distinctive stuff out there, but it's a nice counterweight for the slower tempo material.

Are Real isn't a bad effort for what's obviously a young band with a lot of growth ahead of them. They're playing from a solid set of influences but have enough of their own personality that, down the road, The Atomic Missiles could write themselves a truly killer record.

 


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Anonymous (March 28, 2006)

Pro-Bush?
These guys have lyrics like "I called my senator he told me son this war is right. and the president is happy 'cause his enemies didn't fight. I watch fox news, it's all I can do. I happier pretending it's freedom they're defending." "Bill o reilly talking and telling me we're sure to win. it's such a damn shame how nothing has changed, I'm happier obeying what the tv is displaying." Definitely not pro-bush

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

This album was so real.
1000 stars

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

Awesome. Fucking so awesome.

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

"I think you're a banana."

this i cannot deny.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

"you didn't. i just wanted to make a point that you were a mango. especially for your comment about asians."

I think you're a banana.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

you didn't. i just wanted to make a point that you were a mango. especially for your comment about asians.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

"Chinatown" is the name of Jets To Brazil's best song, fuckwit. I should change it though, chinks make me queasy.

-Chinatown

Jets to Brazil are great. you're a retard.

- Mike"

When did I say they weren't? Inbred whale hunter.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

First off, Asian chicks are ugly.

Second, the best JTB song is 'I Typed For Miles.'

Asian chicks are fine.

and yes, i typed for miles is the best JTB song...closely followed by Little Light.

Anchors (December 13, 2004)

First off, Asian chicks are ugly.

Second, the best JTB song is 'I Typed For Miles.'

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

"Chinatown" is the name of Jets To Brazil's best song, fuckwit. I should change it though, chinks make me queasy.

-Chinatown

Jets to Brazil are great. you're a retard.

- Mike

Anonymous (December 12, 2004)

"Chinatown" is the name of Jets To Brazil's best song, fuckwit. I should change it though, chinks make me queasy.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 12, 2004)

"Judging by Chinatown's name, I'll assume he's chinese and simply fuck his sister."

Oh, Jonsey, you never cease to make me laugh.

stevejonestherealbones (December 11, 2004)

Judging by Chinatown's name, I'll assume he's chinese and simply fuck his sister.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

adam (December 10, 2004)

Chinatown the lyrics to the first song on the record are overtly anti-Bush.

-adam

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

Judging by this band's name and the album title, I'll assume they're pro-Bush and simply move along.

-Chinatown

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