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Strike Anywhere

Strike Anywhere: To Live In DiscontentTo Live In Discontent (2005)
Jade Tree Records

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Strike Anywhere is arguably one of the most important bands in punk/hardcore in recent years. Despite the mildly lackluster Exit English album, Chorus Of One on No Idea/Red Leader and Change Is A Sound on Jade Tree remain incredibly solid releases. Before I had ever even heard them, I saw them openi.
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Strike Anywhere is arguably one of the most important bands in punk/hardcore in recent years. Despite the mildly lackluster Exit English album, Chorus Of One on No Idea/Red Leader and Change Is A Sound on Jade Tree remain incredibly solid releases. Before I had ever even heard them, I saw them opening for the Bouncing Souls about a year and a half ago and was truly blown away by the energy/chemistry/etc. that they had on stage (blah, blah, blah).

I was kind of mystified by this compilation of rarities and B-sides, especially since it includes every song from Chorus Of One, which isn't even out of print. It seemed like kind of a stretch to release this, especially considering they had to record three covers to make this reach full-album length. Politics aside though, this is a good record.

If you've heard Strike Anywhere's older songs before they appeared here, you'll know how rough many of them sound. Thomas' vocals sounded tinny and pubescent and the recording in general kind of sucked. Many of the songs here very much leap out of the stereo, however. Take the third song, "Chorus Of One." As the opening salvo of "TO LIVE IN DISCONTENT" sounded, I went, "Daaaaamn boi." The mixing still isn't great per se, as the drums have way too much treble usually and the vocals on "Sunspotting" are pretty soft, but it's still a huge improvement. Some of the other songs - see "Notes on Pulling the Sky Down" and "Earthbound" - sound virtually the same as on the original release, where they actually sounded pretty decent. The songs themselves are very fucking solid. Personal favorites are "Notes On Pulling The Sky Down," "Cassandratic Equation," "Earthbound," "Asleep," and "Two Fuses." "Two Fuses" was actually an outtake from the Exit English sessions, which is surprising, as it's infinitely better than 3/4 of the songs on that CD.

The covers are...covers. "Two Sides" by the Gorilla Biscuits, "Values Here" by Dag Nasty, and "Where Are They Now" by Cocksparrer round off the last three tracks on the album. Strike Anywhere does them well. I've never gotten into Cocksparrer, but the other two are solid, slightly sped up but note-for-note covers of the originals, Strike Anywhere-style.

If you've never heard Strike Anywhere, I recommend picking up the Change Is A Sound album before anything else. But if you're already into them and haven't heard their older stuff, you'll dig this. Apart from the covers and "Two Fuses," there are really no surprises here (most of the older versions of these songs have been available on major filesharing networks for years), but these revamped versions sound very nice and this is overall a very solid CD.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 9, 2005)

The vocal on Two fuse fucking sucks you bastard ! Exit english is 200% better than all the crap on this (except for the Chorus of ONe Ep)

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

I dunno, I thinks that Jones dude is far more annoying. But both of them make me laugh, especially the responses they ellicit.

-!Greenvandal!

Anonymous (February 8, 2005)

He's just irritating.

Anonymous (February 7, 2005)

Hahaha, this shit is hilarious. Why do people hate Chinatown so much, did i miss something? Did he eat Jesus or sometthing?

-!Greenvandal!

FuckChinatown (February 7, 2005)

Sorry, I thought a cat qualified as a rodent until I looked it up.

- Chinatown.

Anonymous (February 7, 2005)

but what KIND of rodents were they?

if you're going to say field mouse or gerbil.... BORING, i've seen jason tate rock six and a half of those.

but if it's four ferrets or rats, well then, you might be a pretty special fella.

Anonymous (February 7, 2005)

The most live rodents I ever fitted in my ass... was four.

-Chinatown

swingline (February 6, 2005)

"Registering for my own permanent screenname cuts too much into masturabation time.

-Chinatown."

besides the grammar, that was a pretty good impersonation. keep on trucking.

stevejonestherealbones (February 6, 2005)

i am a big dummy dum dum doodoo head

- Chinatown

FuckChinatown (February 6, 2005)

...

Anonymous (February 6, 2005)

Registering for my own permanent screenname cuts too much into masturabation time.

-Chinatown.

Anonymous (February 6, 2005)

If you keep semen in your mouth for awhile, it becomes chewy.

-Chinatown.

Anonymous (February 6, 2005)

I think anyone cares if someone is impersonating me, even though my posts are usually worse that theirs.

-Chinatown.

Anonymous (February 6, 2005)

I eat non edible items

- chinatown

Anonymous (February 6, 2005)

That was me below by the way

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 6, 2005)

Loved Ones review: http://www.punkrocks.net/display_review.php?id=964

They basically compared it to Caution-era HWM. I like HWM, but I don't need any knockoffs.

-Chinatown

Thanks for wasting your time guy! I'm just getting a new username hope you had fun though

Anonymous (February 5, 2005)

Loved Ones review: http://www.punkrocks.net/display_review.php?id=964

They basically compared it to Caution-era HWM. I like HWM, but I don't need any knockoffs.

-Chinatown

joeg (February 5, 2005)

"Chorus of One: Great freaking demo

Change is a Sound: one of the best CDs of the last 5-10 years

Exit English: plenty of standout tracks but dragging tempos and washy vocals REALLY hurt this CD

Why do you think they continue to only play a few Exit English songs and get luke warm response but play a song from Change is a Sound and the crowd explodes?

As for this band, they need to pick up the pace. the tempo of Exit English sucked for the most part and the mixing was sub par"

I couldn't have said it better myself. You can't help but notice when Exit English songs are played, they don't get nearly the reaction that Change is a Sound songs get. Don't get me wrong, Exit English was a good record. But there was more than a few tracks that just seemed to just plod along and go nowhere.

PatrickEwing (February 5, 2005)

Chorus of One: Great freaking demo

Change is a Sound: one of the best CDs of the last 5-10 years

Exit English: plenty of standout tracks but dragging tempos and washy vocals REALLY hurt this CD

Why do you think they continue to only play a few Exit English songs and get luke warm response but play a song from Change is a Sound and the crowd explodes?

As for this CD, i downloaded the 3 songs and thought they were alright. Then I downloaded the Inquistion demo(finally) and thought it sounds almost identicle to Strike Anywhere except the lyrics are inferior to Strike Anywhere lyrics.

As for this band, they need to pick up the pace. the tempo of Exit English sucked for the most part and the mixing was sub par.

Anonymous (February 5, 2005)

its interesting to see how someone can say chorus of one is a solid album, and then cut up exit english. i think almost EVERY song from both albums, parallel eachother, and are very similar in so many ways its insane. exit english has the most flow from any album i have ever heard, and is incredible from start to finish. it has MUCH faster moments then on chorus of one, and must slower moments. the album is much more mature, smith and sherwoods guitars sound incredible, eric's drumming compliements everything and is SPOT ON, thomas has really grown to know how to put his throat to work, and garth just compliments the mix. This album is without a doubt the equivalent of chorus of one. if i had to choose between both, i'd take them both. its that simple. oh, and this album is incredible as well, get it.

dazed (February 5, 2005)

If all of Exit English was as good as 1,2,5,7,and 12 on the CD (I could figure out the song names but I'm lazy) it would have probably surpassed everything they'd done before. As it is I like it about equally as much as Change is a Sound and ti was definitely my favorite from 2003 at the end of 2003.

"Revolution... I Think it's Called Inspiration" really needs a reissue even if some of the songs should be a minute shorter or so, I hope somebody figures out the legal details cause the kids need to hear Inquisition without having to pay a lot for their stuff on eBay...

Anonymous (February 5, 2005)

About the Loved Ones:

Is 5000k the best song on their upcoming EP? I want to know if I should include it in my order.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 5, 2005)

Strike Anywhere is the only good band on Jade Tree. Score is for Strike Anywhere.

-Chinatown

I really need to get a new username.....

Just for the record, Jade Tree is my favorite label ever and I wouldn't give anything they've ever release a rating lower than a 4.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 5, 2005)

So because No Idea couldn't have them all to theirselves they wanna bitch? Your story seems highly unlikely, as TONS of bands do 1-shot releases with No Idea.

Anonymous (February 5, 2005)

"The Loved Ones = mediocre city"

You're on dope. Its no frills, punk-influenced rock n' roll. The simplicity of it alone makes it so damn refreshing.

-sickboi

inagreendase (February 5, 2005)

The Loved Ones = mediocre city

Crookedsuperhero (February 5, 2005)

"Apparently you haven't heard the new Paint It Black yet.

-Scott"

And The Loved Ones.

maverick (February 5, 2005)

Apparently you haven't heard the new Paint It Black yet.

-Scott

Anonymous (February 5, 2005)

Strike Anywhere is the only good band on Jade Tree. Score is for Strike Anywhere.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 5, 2005)

A Music Revolution definitely deserves a rerelease, as popular as Strike Anywhere are getting. Maybe even Broken Songs too. I'd much rather hear these than Chorus of One all over again.

Benjasaurus (February 5, 2005)

Yeah, how many bands do you know of from Richmond that did stuff with No Idea?

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

i hope the play the GB cover in Philly.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

For all the "how'd they fuck over No Idea?" questions....

I recently read an interview with the guy that runs No Idea. I'm sure others of you have read this. He mentioned a band from Richmond, that he left nameless, when asked "Have their been any bands you wished you wouldn't have signed"...I had/have a sneaking suspicion he was referring to Strike Anywhere.
Essentially what he said was this, the band released the vinyl of the EP with them. No Idea doesn't do contracts. They have verbal agreements and work with the bands as friends. Supposedly they told "this band" that they recognized how good they were and that they understood they were going to get other offers from other labels. No Idea said that with that in mind, they didn't want to just put out this one record, but wanted to work with the band over the long haul, so if they were going to turnaround and sign with another label, they wouldn't bother with this record...to which "this band" supposedly agreed.
"This band" then turned right around and said they were going to sign with another label. So No Idea felt really deceived.

So....I don't really think you can say Strike Anywhere "fucked over" No Idea...I would just say they might not be on the best of terms.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

if sickboi is referring to the richmond show last night, which i think he is, they played the gorilla biscuits cover song. last night's richmond show was one of the best strike shows i've seen in a long, long time. insane crazy time.

if you get a chance, catch these guys live. it's so worth it.

rva hardcore represent.

notfeelingcreative (February 4, 2005)

Can't wait for the show on sunday!

pastepunk (February 4, 2005)

If you were referring to the EP, it was originally released on a very small label (the name escapes me, I think "Red Flag" or some shit) and has been out of print for some time."

That would be Red Leader from NYC - redleaderrecords.com

Crookedsuperhero (February 4, 2005)

"How did they fuck over No Idea? If you were referring to the EP, it was originally released on a very small label (the name escapes me, I think "Red Flag" or some shit) and has been out of print for some time."

No Idea released the vinyl, so if you wanted it you'd buy that anyway even if you didn't get this, plus its just gone out of print.

stevejonestherealbones (February 4, 2005)

this is the CD that comes with free gillette razors right?

or is that some other fruity band

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

boba_fett (February 4, 2005)

what the fuck?

i love exit english. it brings more rock than your mother.

sickboi (February 4, 2005)

They did "Notes On Pulling The Sky Down" and started "Cassandratic Equation", a fight broke out, so they stopped it, then started it, made it to the bridge, then another fight broke out AGAIN, so, they stopped, then just started another song. They also did one of the covers, but I don't remember which one.

joeg (February 4, 2005)

sickboi-did they play any songs off chorus of one or this record?

sickboi (February 4, 2005)

How did they fuck over No Idea? If you were referring to the EP, it was originally released on a very small label (the name escapes me, I think "Red Flag" or some shit) and has been out of print for some time.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

Way to fuck over No Idea yet again with this release, guys.

sickboi (February 4, 2005)

I caught the Richmond show last night (review to come) and they were on point. Loved Ones rocked like it was no one's business.

Anyways, for those bitching about the stagnation of their material, they previewed a new song last night, "Hollywood Cemetary" (gotta love those Richmond references) and it smoked. Really fast, really short.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

That's definitely not "hot pink."

They don't have the gall to do "hot pink." It kind of looks like a fuscia.

This band is fine.

A little bit of a yawner, but what can you do? It's "the band with the guy who didn't make the cut with Kid Dynamite."

Still pretty good. Just not THAT good.

inagreendase (February 4, 2005)

Yeah, I really can't see what people find so disappointing in Exit English. It's not like the band lost energy or even changed the tempo - a lot of Change is midway paces, not always explosively fast or fiercely aggressive.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

Despite the mildly lackluster Exit English album, ...

I strongly disagree with this statement. Exit English OWNS.

joeg (February 4, 2005)

Exit English was good but I thought it lost a little bit of the catchiness and sheer explosiveness that made Change is a Sound so great. I don't listen to that record nearly as much as I do Change is a Sound.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

Inquisition is still a better band.

peilocal (February 4, 2005)

I can't believe people didn't like Exit English. I bought Change is a sound a few years ago, and I instantly fell in love with this band. A bit later, I got Chorus of one, and I was pretty disappointed with it. There are some great tracks on there, and you can definitely see that they had a bright future ahead of them. I was quite excited leading up to the release of Exit English, and that album more than delivered. It was easily my most listened too cd for over 6 months, and one of my all time favorite albums. I eagerly anticipated this album, hoping for a lot of outtakes from Change and Exit English. Then I found out that it was going to have the chorus of one ep on it, and only a couple of tracks from change and Exit english sessions. I was disappointed, but picked it up nonetheless. If you loved chorus of one, you'll probably love this cd. But I did not, and I do not love this cd. Two fuses is a great track, but the rest of the cd is pretty average. Starts off good, but the older outtakes and covers, I just can't get into them. If you want to get a strike anywhere cd, I would definitely say get Exit English first, then Change, then this one if you really loved the first two albums. Exit english was my favorite record of last year, even though I got it in 2003!

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

more bands should cover cock sparrer. best oi band ever?

adamfromohio (February 4, 2005)

i thought chorus of one is now out of print, but copies are still on the market

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

This band is so bad.....

-!GreenVandal!

dazed (February 4, 2005)

I downloaded "Two Fuses" and I was disappointed. Didn't seem like the chorus and verse ever really clicked. I'm still ambivalent about buying this. I'll probably wait until summer when I can get a job.

Psychoos231 (February 4, 2005)

Nice review, alot better than the previous
Cock Sparrer kick ass!

Not-To-Regret (February 4, 2005)

Still turned off of this band since hearing "to the world" on Rock Against Bush. *shudder*

TheOneTrueBill (February 4, 2005)

"Before I had ever even heard them, I saw them opening for the Bouncing Souls about a year and a half ago and was truly blown away by the energy/chemistry/etc. that they had on stage (blah, blah, blah). "

Me too.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

call it sacrelige--i just don't "get" this band. what is the big deal?

-duped

1234go (February 4, 2005)

Chorus of One was my introduction to this band followed shortly by seeing them in a basement in seattle. Even though they were stricken with painful diarhea (seriously) they fully rocked a basement with a 7 foot ceiling filled with 75 kids in one of the few sweltering summer nights of Seattle. I played that EP more times than I'm able to count. It was a powerful statement screamed with a unique voice. A statement that has yet to be followed up by any of their other releases...period. Starting with the first full length I felt like they were rehashing the few songs they already had out tangling them with some serious filler. Exit English is worse. There's some serious wheel spinning going on with these guys. Like so many bands with crucial first records they're riding the wave it started surfing on their later substandard material. However this material is where it's at. A document of great potential not yet realized.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

i really like the b-side from the exit english sessions.

and i like that reviews have been posted the day before they usually have been.

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

Pretty superificial reason to like something, Chinatown.

But I'll raise you double...

Ten stars for the hot pink on the cover!!

-BSD

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

***Mandatory 4 stars for a Jade Tree release***

-Chinatown

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