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Benzene: Old ShoesOld Shoes (2005)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: nevinnevin
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Bands with a troubled history are almost more common than not. South Korea is no exception and the band Benzene seems to have had particularly bad luck. However, with the release of Old Shoes, a monstrous two-disc album documenting the history of the band, they have produced a testament to their har.
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Bands with a troubled history are almost more common than not. South Korea is no exception and the band Benzene seems to have had particularly bad luck. However, with the release of Old Shoes, a monstrous two-disc album documenting the history of the band, they have produced a testament to their hard work and perseverance even when things seemed to crash down around them.

Benzene is a three-piece melodic skate-punk band taking cues from NUFAN and NOFX but often emphasizing a little more of their jazz influence. They formed in 2000 and through their short history underwent several lineup changes, released a six-track EP and landed tracks on two compilations. Then early last year a traffic accident caused the drummer to quit and the band to fall apart. Despite his band leaving him, Ben (singer/guitarist) dug in to finish recording the songs they had written.

Old Shoes is enhanced and contains 31 songs, a music video, several live videos, and many live and rare photos. All the artwork, videos and recordings are of a very high quality, even more amazing since the CD was independently released with Ben producing, recording, mixing, and mastering all the tracks himself in his home, as well as doing most of the video and art design, including the enhanced CD, himself. Several of the tracks were recorded with the other members but the vast majority of them were done after the disintegration of the band with Ben playing all the parts himself. Overcoming all this, the record is still able to capture the sound and excitement that Benzene generated over the course of their career.

It is hard to name standout tracks for a 31-song album. However, the title track "Old Shoes," "Hey, Old Maid," "You Guys Suck" and pretty much any track that uses jazz/ska injections stick in my mind. The style stays fairly consistent moving between songs made up of jazz/ska breakdowns, wondering bass lines, NOFX-esque crunchy guitars and harmonic vocals and more melodic vocals similar to other Fat-style bands.

The enhanced CD also gives fans a chance to watch six live recordings and browse through a huge collection of live and rare photos documenting the band's history as well as a period of time in the Korean punk scene. The video for "Old Shoes" (the song), a video interview and a ??making of the album' documentary are an added bonus. Packaged all together, this provides an intimate view of a band that should be remembered for their hard work. We wish them all better luck next time around.

MP3s
You Guys Suck
A Part Of Mine
1993
Song For Love

 

 
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Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

guys,.you can get this album at http://interpunk.com

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

the song "Old Shoes" is labeled as the Outro... and it's not a cover.

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

ok i looked at thier website nad it looks like there isn't even a song called "old shoes" on there, though there is a cover of goonie r good enough. interesting, not interested enough to look into, there is enough bad fat style punk here in the us and canada

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

ok the song "old shoes" is that a cover of the tom waits song? if so i'll possibly check this out.

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

below is me...

-sickboi

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

First round is on you.....

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

Hey sickboi, come on up to ottobar in march for the seven seconds show-oldpunker-

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

score's for the cover art

sickboi (January 28, 2005)

Score is for the cover art.

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