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Small Brown Bike

Small Brown Bike: Our Own WarsOur Own Wars (1999)
No Idea Records

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Contributed by: Matt81Matt81
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I first heard about this band from the Alkaline Trio mailing list. I had no idea of what to expect when I listened to it at the record store. I had just heard very good things from anyone who had ever heard them. So when I first pressed play on that record store CD player I had relatively high expec.
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I first heard about this band from the Alkaline Trio mailing list. I had no idea of what to expect when I listened to it at the record store. I had just heard very good things from anyone who had ever heard them. So when I first pressed play on that record store CD player I had relatively high expectations of what I was about to hear. They were shattered along with my eardrums as I turned up the volume full blast after I had heard the first 30 seconds. This stuff they were playing was quite possibly the most perfect mix of melody and hardcore I had ever heard. I don’t know how they did it and I don’t know how to describe it, but they pulled off a perfect balance of melodic and hardcore music and injected it with steroids. Um…well that’s a little weird, but that was my first impression.

The quality that I most appreciate from this album is the pure, raw emotion that both brothers put into their songs. Hearing Mike scream, “…if I could find the words I’d tear them out of my throat and crush them into your eyes…” or Ben, with, “won’t you tell me and hold me, won’t you tell me everything from the radio tonight. I slept on the floor, just waiting. Screaming at myself, ‘do you love her tonight?’” along with the pounding music gives me chills every time I hear it. The vocals are screamed with harshness and force, yet still refrain from having that death metal, American Nightmare-ish, Dillinger Escape Plan type style and are a very strong part of the album.

The best songs on this album include: “Cannons And The Tanks”, “Zerosum”, “Make This A Holiday”, and “In Tune”. In Tune would quite possibly be in my top 5 songs of all time. It gets me going every time I hear it. I would buy this album solely for the purpose of having this song, even if the rest sounded like Kenny G farting into his saxophone (hmmmm…interesting mental image, no?).

This album is the best one Small Brown Bike has put out, with Dead Reckoning just right behind it. It’s the only other album other than Alkaline Trio’s “Goddamnit” that has convinced me that things will be alright in the area of punk music. I’d urge anyone who enjoys emotional, melodic, or hardcore music to go out and buy it.

 

 
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devianter (November 24, 2010)

it took me almost 5-10 times of listening to the whole album to actually LIKE it.
if anybody ever should visit this review, take my advice. Start with Make this a holiday. It's so much easier to continue after that song.. you'll love that..

indysmith (August 26, 2009)

Small Brown Bike are probably the best band in the world. Ever. Since time began. And that their album "Our Own Wars" should be given a Grammy, and an Oscar, and the Nobel Prize, and an Olympic gold medal, and should be voted Marie-Claire's most recommended beauty product.
It sounds like a Tsunami hitting every major city at once.

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

Review was spot on. I can't stop listening to this cd, and never seems to get old. It's the greatness. Too bad they broke up.

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

nice review. and it is true that ben does do some back up vocals. and it is true his voice is like chocalate. but it is travis who sings" blah blah tell me everything blah from the radio blah do you love her tonight." he sing a bunch more on the album too. coolie.

Anonymous (July 18, 2001)

I agree with both of the above reviews. This is a great release from a great band. These guys will go far.

coldjuly (July 18, 2001)

I agree dead reckoning is awesome and so is all the other small brown bike releases. If you expect them to sound like AK3 well wont you be suprised...waaayyy more hardcore than AK3 more along the lines of hot water music but a lot faster

lastnightidied (July 18, 2001)

simply amazing! i've been listening to these guys for a couple years now and they have yet to dissapoint. this is a great album, as is dead reckoning. small brown bike rocks! what more can i say...

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