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Unwritten Law

Unwritten Law: Here's To The MourningHere's To The Mourning (2005)
Warner Music Group

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Here's To The Mourning doesn't have very many excuses it can fall back on. It's not the band's major label debut, or their sophomore effort, or the result of a serious member change (you can't honestly say the drummer was an integral part of the band's previous albums). No one went through a serious.
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Here's To The Mourning doesn't have very many excuses it can fall back on. It's not the band's major label debut, or their sophomore effort, or the result of a serious member change (you can't honestly say the drummer was an integral part of the band's previous albums). No one went through a serious drug addiction phase (as far as the public knows), family members were in fact not dropping like flies, and there wasn't any life-altering terrorist attack on our country since their last album; so why, then, is Unwritten Law's newest offering so...bad?

While I'd love to blame perhaps Unwritten Law's three year idle period between proper albums (2003's Music In High Places was a made-for-MTV acoustic set that comprised mostly of material from Elva) or maybe the producers' lack of ranging experience with more punk-oriented bands (the big names across the "worked with" board are bascially Marilyn Manson and Staind), their newest album is simply hook-free yet radio-ready pop-rock with flat-out terrible songwriting and structure spread out across the 46-minute length of a compact disc.

It's bad enough the band pulls off mindboggling irony in the first five minutes; it's not very convincing when the words "get up get up get up" come across in a pathetically sedated, lackadaisically-sounding manner. In fact, strength of lyrical quality itself isn't very convincing when words like that come across at all. The trend continues from there on in with horrendously-narrated tales of crackwhores ("I like the way that she feels when she feels me" - "I Like The Way"), self-loathing ("I'm useless, lazy, perverted / you hate me" - lead single "Save Me," co-written by Christina Aguilera assistant Linda Perry), and what I'm guessing is a night on the town that doesn't end until dawn ("Slowdance, take a chance with me! / Dance with me, dance with me!", which comes from the torture that is "Hide Away").

The vocals have taken a turn for the worse especially. Loaded with constant effects, be it reverb, echo, or otherwise, and seemingly pushed back, they just sound lazy at times and forcefully raspy, whereas with all the band's other recordings, it seemed a lot more natural and flowed with the music nicely. Of course, I could say it flows with the music nicely here too, as artificial vocals help represent painfully calculated and topically-trite music.

Here's to the mourning of Unwritten Law.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 25, 2006)

the album isnt that bad at all..after a few listens i enjoyed it a lot more..
its sounds diferents thats for sure but give it a try ..if you re not close minded you could like it

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

as a fan, even of elva!, this album is very bad. only good song is lost control or whatever it's called. i have played this about 20 times and it sucks, even for a fucking rock album.

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

this cd rox

- peter

tristan (October 4, 2005)

This one sat on the shelf for a few months and I'm only listening to it now -- but holy hell it's bad. Makes the new Goldfinger record sound good - and that's not easy.

I mean, seriously -- whistling?!

sierra (June 19, 2005)

wow, u all r so in to steriotypes and fitting them in to some mold of punk, rock, emo, metal, or stuff like that that u can't even see that most of their songs r great listening songs that rock, and just cuz they got a lil softer on this album duznt mean they don't still hav a good sound even if it's different, variety's good, most people wud agree that change is good sumtimes 2, it's better than being boring, think about that next time u dye ur hair or change ur shirt, it might not b as preppy or punk as the last 1 u wore, but it's different and it shows a different side of u

Anonymous (March 3, 2005)

Sad but so true. The songs are "fun" to listen to, yet the lyrics are so horrible!

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

That dude on MTV2 just likened Unwritten Law to Menudo!! You should've seen the look on Scott Russo's face!!! hahahahahahahaha!

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

FUCK YOU ALL!!! good hybrid album!
punk 80's (rock)

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

I agree with the person below me. It's different. It's a good record. So what if it's not "punk?" Hardly any of the bands covered on this site are "punk."

As far as Linda Perry writing "Save Me"...I read a couple of interviews where Scott Russo says that he already had the song written with about 8 or 9 different choruses. None of the choruses were up to par with the record execs at Lava, so they offered to hook him up with some professional songwriters like The Matrix, Linda Perry, etc. Scott says he picked Linda Perry because he is a fan of her work in Four Non Blondes etc., and thinks that she's a cool person.

As far as Wade being fired from the band, do a google search with Wade Youman fired, and there ya go for both sides of the story.

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

Just because this CD is different than the others doesn't mean it's not good ~ Get in the car take a drive and listen to it you might change your minds

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

Tom McClintock
California State Senator
19th District

Why do you always post that?? Is it an inside joke or something? McClintock is probably the most conservative state senator. He's from my district.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

why hate them? they just play different songs

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

Wade had an influence in this band heavily, the only guy with a little creativity. Now that Wade left and took the creativity with him, these guys are just trying to rip off grinspoon with poor results. S/t is still in my top 5 though

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

Unwritten Law at one point was considered...punk. They have a few fast songs off S/T.

Hence that should answer why their music is reviewed here.

Tom McClintock
California State Senator
19th District

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (February 19, 2005)

Wow, I didn't know this band was so hated. It's an okay cd, I like the drums. "Lost Control" is pretty awesome though. It's not great though, pretty boring most of it.

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

this is my score for everyone who wasted there time by even reading this review, then posting about it ....it doesn't take the intelligence a retard has to realize this album was not written for people who frequent this site....punknews.org needs not to even review this

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

nothing new... but better than other pop-punk band

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

"lackadaisically"

Nothing against the reviewer or the review, but I swear that that's a word that Gray Davis fuck uses...

Oh, I got another one: "incendiary."

That word came from the movie "Almost Famous." I just saw the movie the other day.

What's next: "reprobate" from a Bad Religion song?

Gray Davis, you don't fool me.

Tom McClintock
California State Senator
19th District

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

I feel embarrassed for the San Diego scene now, first Blink 182 and now this--now only Rocket from the Crypt will redeem them.

I recall buying the S/T and Elva in the bargain bin for $3.00 and $1.00 respectively. A few cool songs, but not much else going for it album-wise.

Tom McClintock
California State Senator
19th District

P.S. Where the fuck is that dumbass Gray Davis dude? He hasn't been showing his sorry ass around here for a long ass time.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

This record is terrible. I listened to it once when I got it and now it's in the vault with the rest of the terrible music I have purchased. I used to think Scott Russo was one of the better musicians in the scene. Not after this piece of shit.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

If people are dropping the Smiths name, they have troubles because THE SMITH FUCKING BLOW. Morrisey the asexual is as whiny as they get. The Smiths are overrated & aren't worth listening to, fucking boring shit!

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

2 songs are guilty pleasures. That's pretty much it.

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

pop crap. very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very bad. get's half a star for lost control.

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

i just wanted to let all u fags know that u guys
aren't shit on northside dgaf its all about s.b r.b and if u dont keep your mouth shut (brian sidensticker) there is going to be a major problem with u and all your homies. well i fucking really dont have time to be on this site so all i have to say is northside family for life

IheartAdam (February 17, 2005)

I was smart, I realized that Oz Factor sucked and knew this band was horrible.

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

I want to see a showdown between the ultra-elitist Jonesthebones and the anti-elistist Paul. It'll shake the very groouuunnd.

how bout that Unwritten Law album?

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

"'Wonderwall' by Oasis"

scores for that! really i'm for real

-jer bear"

yes!!

stevejonestherealbones (February 17, 2005)

there's a new cock ass in town, and his names paul,,,watch out chinajones

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

"paul is tired of getting punk-served.

-t"

this is simultaneously the funniest and lamest comment I've read in quite awile. Punk served. man im gettin old.

paul

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

This score is for the new Goldfinger album. Holy jesus does that cd have sellout written all over it or what. There is one punk song on the entire cd....song 8.

I know they're on Madonna's record label now but I mean this cd is just shit. I still have hope that they'll return to their punk sound though because I know this cd is going to get bombarded with complaints. I mean even trendy people can't possibly like this shit.

The last song on their last cd was "Fuck Ted Nugent" and now this???

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

paul is tired of getting punk-served.

-t

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

"Paul, you can eat my penis'

hahaha awesome, thanks!

paul

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

"I pretty much agree. I fucking hate the Ramones, but I do like Jawbreaker and Lifetime quite a bit. I wouldn't call mentioning them 'name dropping'."

i'm not saying they are bad or you shouldnt talk about them, i just get tired of anytime somone wants to look cool they throw out the 'jawbreaker did it better' or 'these guys so want to be lifetime' and shit. its like mentioning them because its cool to mention them. its like, just shut the fuck up, we know you're punker than we are , awesome.

paul

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

Paul, you can eat my penis

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

this band is full of racists... even the asian/hawaiin bass guy.

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

"if i hear rock n roll highschool or i want to be sedated on the radio i change the channel"

stop listening to the radio

throw in a cd or a tape

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

"San Diego has some great bands. I don't know what you kids are talkin about... No Knife, Pinback, Black Heart Procession to name a few..."

AND THE FUCKING NEIGHBORS!!!

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

"When you listed the "big" names producer Sean Beaven worked with, you forgot to mention that he was behind the helm for "Downward Spiral" by Nine Inch Nails. It isn't his fault this album isn't amazing..."

He probably didn't mentioned Downward Spiral because he was referring to artists that Beaven has produced, and he did not work as a producer on that album. He was listed as one of six additional engineers.

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

San Diego has some great bands. I don't know what you kids are talkin about... No Knife, Pinback, Black Heart Procession to name a few...

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 17, 2005)

"and would everybody please quit namedropping black flag, the decendents, the clash, the misfits, jawbreaker, the smiths, lifetime and everyother 'look how cool i am cuz i know about old bands see how much cred i have' bands in lame attempts to prove how much more they know about punk than the next guy.

the romones fucking suck, what are you , 14 still? i honestly want to know how many of you listen to the fucking ramones. i mean really, if i hear rock n roll highschool or i want to be sedated on the radio i change the channel."

I pretty much agree. I fucking hate the Ramones, but I do like Jawbreaker and Lifetime quite a bit. I wouldn't call mentioning them 'name dropping'.

Not-To-Regret (February 17, 2005)

Tim Horton's has indeed come through in the clutch on many a drunken night.

BrandonSideleau (February 17, 2005)

battalion of saints were from San Diego....so it's not all bad....i guess.

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

score is for The Plot To Blow Up the Eiffel Tower being the best san diego band still active now

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

Score is for Tim Hortons

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

"(you can't honestly say the drummer was an integral part of the band's previous albums). "

considering he was the only founding member of the band still in it...and that he is a great fucking drummer, i think you can say that

-the other scott (aka another ul fan who just can't fucking stand this band anymore)

kenjamin (February 16, 2005)

so who saw this band on MTV's "Sweet sixteen" show? "Here's LInkin Park!!"

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

good review. some songs are ok. About 3 are ok, and JUST OK. And Unwritten Law being my absolute favorite band, ok is not good enough. This album sucks, but get any other UL album (OZ and Blue Room for punk fans, S/T and elva for anyone) All of the other albums are great. Blue room is better than OZ.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

Paul, we think it's great that you know how to type, really, but you don't need to post 34 times per thread.

Fascist jerk.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

"American Idiot" sounds nothing like "Doublewhiskeycokenoice", and if it did I highly doubt that Billie Joe was sitting in the stuio thinking "oh shit ive got no ideas for this album, lets rip off Dillinger 4, that will get us a grammy!"

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

good review

potatoeboy56 (February 16, 2005)

Long ass comment two spots below was mine. Yeah PB is the shit.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

I gotta get my ass to Pacific Beach and pick up some whores in my blink182-bumping-semper-fi-until-i-die-SUV, after I take down these methamphetamines, and fuck up some queers. fuck all ya UL haters. San Diego rules.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

Score is for anyone who pays someone else to write their music for them. Sadly enough no matter what you say UL has sunk to the level of brittney, p diddy and simple plan. While pop music/pop punk can be enjoyable you cannot respect/listen to an artist who does not write/create their own music. Old UL was better because THEY wrote the music, played with passion. Even blink writes their own music, while you may not like it, what songs have you written etc etc etc. you have to give respect (grudgingly of course). And no, punk news.org is not any less educated than any other punk website, your level of intellignece cannot be measured by a comments on a random messageboard. To anyone dimwitted enough to try and diss San Diego, we may not be perfect, but we have a beautiful city, beaches, and a friendly and diverse community (not to mention a vibrant punk rock scene as well). I as well hate the military presence in San Diego (mainly marines getting drunk and trying to fight high school kids/pick up on your girlfriend) but I would not choose another place to live and grow up. I only wish I could afford to live here after I'm done with college.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

goddamnit you little fuckers!!! All of your moms go to college!

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

not the best but good

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

"'Wonderwall' by Oasis"

scores for that! really i'm for real

-jer bear

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

man i'm bored fuck off! you try working at a desk all day! corporate punkx unite!

anyway

scores for Mario Lemieux

paul

Anchors (February 16, 2005)

This score, rather.

Anchors (February 16, 2005)

Score's for the '99 Sabres, even though we got totally fucked over by Brett Hull and the Stars.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

I'm mourning the NHL season.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

I find this is a great album but it should not have been reviewed on this site. Point in check, about the 70 previous comments.

kenjamin (February 16, 2005)

Paul is dumb.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

"Again I will ask...why is this here? It has nothing to do with independent music, nor does it have anything to do with hard music. I mean, if it ain't punk rock then great....this site should be varied.....but this is almost as bad as putting up a nickleback or p diddy review....come on guys"

What's next? A counting crows tribute album review?

Anchors (February 16, 2005)

Paul, we think it's great that you know how to type, really, but you don't need to post 34 times per thread.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

"Again I will ask...why is this here? It has nothing to do with independent music, nor does it have anything to do with hard music. I mean, if it ain't punk rock then great....this site should be varied.....but this is almost as bad as putting up a nickleback or p diddy review....come on guys."

yea we got it the first time mr. ramones fan. you're punk as fuck.

yea wheres my stiff little fingers review wtf?? i thought this was punk news .org not pussy radio news . org, i don't listen to this commercial mainstream shit, i'm above that

derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

SHUT UP

paul

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

"On the whole "songs Green Day stole" thing, take a listen to "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wonderwall" by Oasis"

the new shitty sum41 single 'pieces' rips it off even more directly.

paul

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

"will everybody stop calling this garbage pop punk...the Ramones were pop punk......this is just plain BAD radio pop"

and would everybody please quit namedropping black flag, the decendents, the clash, the misfits, jawbreaker, the smiths, lifetime and everyother 'look how cool i am cuz i know about old bands see how much cred i have' bands in lame attempts to prove how much more they know about punk than the next guy.

the romones fucking suck, what are you , 14 still? i honestly want to know how many of you listen to the fucking ramones. i mean really, if i hear rock n roll highschool or i want to be sedated on the radio i change the channel. that shit was cool way back when, but cmon seriously, i want to know how many of you over the age of 21 actually play your ramones cd's w/ any regularity anymore. its ok to let go. its ok to admit you don't like that shit anymore. you won't lose 'cred'.

paul

punkrockprincess357 (February 16, 2005)

Great cd, but it doesn't beat Elva or their Music in High Places one.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

Very cool album! Still has the unwritten law sound to it, its definalty not like there older stuff though, but still has the unmistakable ul guitar riffs. It seems people today love all that screamo punk/rock stuff and hate all the old pop punk bands.
The album rocks, good beats, catchy lyrics, UL have always been like this, so stop bitchy about how simple the lyrics are!
And please dont compare them to simple plan or P.diddy, I'll take this over all the new shit like Taking Back Sunday and Thursday.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

umm...this band has always suck. deal with it.

BrandonSideleau (February 16, 2005)

Again I will ask...why is this here? It has nothing to do with independent music, nor does it have anything to do with hard music. I mean, if it ain't punk rock then great....this site should be varied.....but this is almost as bad as putting up a nickleback or p diddy review....come on guys.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

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TahoeJeff (February 16, 2005)

"This is better than any faggot hardcore band. Or grind band. Or metalcore band"

Wow...that's such a convincing argument!

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

The lyrics are bad, but at least the songs are catchy, and not as insulting as like Simple Plan.

This is better than any faggot hardcore band. Or grind band. Or metalcore band.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

who the fuck is steve. as far as i know scott russo has been singing for them since blue room came out. i am a huge unwritten law fan and this album is truely a let down. no hooks. no way. as far as classifiying music is concerned, fuck that shit. good music can stand for itself, regardless of where Best Buy shelves it. i never thought unwritten law could let me down....i guess i will have to keep listening to blue room.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Unwritten Law is not a punk band anymore. Everyone needs to just calm themselves. Steve's voice has gotten progressively better and more interesting since the first cd's. They are a rock band now from ELVA to this CD. Theres no need to bash just to be punk. It's funny how you have people comparing this to P.Diddy and britney spears, I mean, talk about pushing the limit just a bit. This CD is soft at times, but soft parts in songs are sometimes good.

Negatives of the album are definitely:

Lyrics
"get up"

"I Like the Way" is incredibly creative and a great song (of course minus the lyrics.)

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

why is this band still around?

boba_fett (February 15, 2005)

i still prefer good mourning by alk3. this score is for that.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"Self Titled: 10/10"

You my friend are fucking stupid. A perfect score for the S/T??? The S/T is good, but its definetly not one of the greatest things ever created as your score implies. This band has always been mediocre, and from the massive marketing blitz coming from this album, I KNEW it was gonna blow. Fuck UL.

Big_Guy (February 15, 2005)

"Let's be honest here: this album really wouldn't be much better if Wade played on it."

yes, considering Tony is the better drummer

kenjamin (February 15, 2005)

clikatat ikatowi and three mile pilot are from san diego too

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

i'm going to punch you in the ovaries, right in the baby maker.

inagreendase (February 15, 2005)

Let's be honest here: this album really wouldn't be much better if Wade played on it.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

This album is much much better than Elva but much much worse than their self titled. Elva was boring from start to finish. This one has quite a few boring songs but I do like songs 5, 6, 11, 12 and the hidden song.

My expectations for this cd were very low so I can at least appreciate that it's a major improvement from Elva.

My ranking of UL cd's.

Oz Factor: 2/10
Blue Room: 6/10
Self Titled: 10/10
Elva: 0/10
Here's to the Mourning: 8/10

If Here's to the Mourning was released right after the S/T I probably would have given it a much lower score.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Drive Like Jehu is vastly overrated.

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2005)

"Yes. Because i've never heard of 'drive like jehu' i don't know "anything" about music. Not only that, I "only listen to pop punk and rap." "

hahaha, yes you know only of pop punk and rap, which arent necessarily a bad thing, but if you dont just like pop punk, chances are any good bands of the late nineties and even now that you listen to have been influenced by DLJ.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Elva was boring compared to the S/T with the pyramid on it. That was pretty good. And then this...

i-type-poorly (February 15, 2005)

I liked Elva a lot, but i don't care to listen to a second of this album.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

seriously. how many different combinations can you get out of three chords? D4 rules. Green Day rules.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

not really, dipshit. it's a fucking three-chord punk song. d4 jokes about green day ripping it off, but those bands are friends. take your head out of your ass.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 15, 2005)

"American Idiot" is a blatant rip-off of Dillinger Four's "Doublewhiskeycokenoice"

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

what dillenger 4 sound did green day steal?

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Quite possibly the worst thing ever recorded.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"Dubya has had the best education money can buy."

yeah...and he also has better taste in music. bitches.

Anchors (February 15, 2005)

I will take your mother out for a nice seafood dinner, and never call her back!

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"punknews.org posters are just a less populated (and less educated...sadly) version of pitchfork. bitches."

Dubya has had the best education money can buy.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

I admit, Save Me is a real catchy song and rocks. But it's done with that hired-gun songwriter bitch, so it loses all integrity.

And this album is bad. I'm not saying that from any kind of "punker than thou" soap box. It's just bad, all the way to the godawful Beatles ripoff closer song. That's right, it's called Walrus and is the least creative thing ever.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"Go fuck yourselves, San Diego" ahahaha anchorman...
I'm Ron Burgundy?

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

punknews.org posters are just a less populated (and less educated...sadly) version of pitchfork. bitches.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

san diego is just a less populated version of LA

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

the Locust are from San Diego.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Jones is right, DLJ is one of the more influential bands of the last 15 years... sooooo many bands are trying to sound JUST like them right now.

And why doesn't anyone bring up that ROCKET is from San Diego too?

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"if youre saying drive like jehu were not important to music in general, or had no impact on music especially in the 90's, then you dont know anything about music, or you only listen to pop punk and rap"

Yes. Because i've never heard of 'drive like jehu' i don't know "anything" about music. Not only that, I "only listen to pop punk and rap."

Where would this site be without the always insightful and never exaggerated Jones the Bones? Jones the Bones, reminding us that elitism has no place in punk rock.

ElVaquero (February 15, 2005)

Go fuck yourselves, San Diego

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2005)

"Who? Assuming a city can be the sum total of its bands or that bands have anything to do with the merit of a city which is ridiculous in itself, apparently San Diego = barely on the map musically. No knife sucks. "

if youre saying drive like jehu were not important to music in general, or had no impact on music especially in the 90's, then you dont know anything about music, or you only listen to pop punk and rap

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

TheMarc (February 15, 2005)

The drummer leaving did have an impact, as this recording is absolutely horrible in comparison to their other albums. Talk about lame fills!

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

On the whole "songs Green Day stole" thing, take a listen to "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wonderwall" by Oasis

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

why did wade leave the band? i vaguely remember hearing something bout him not getting along with scotts girlfriend. is this correct?

and to the person that said coke & partying ruin a drummers timing... plenty of drummers can live that life and still play good drums.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Ah, San Diego, it means Whales Vagina . . . .

Inspection12e (February 15, 2005)

No Knife is aweomse.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"you can't honestly say the drummer was an integral part of the band's previous albums"

"This comment just shows how little you know about the band. Wade was a huge influence on the band."

ITs called too much meth, coke and partying, fucks up your timing which for a drummer is bad.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

I'm not a die hard fan, but I have all of their albums, and consider them to be descent. I think this fall in the same category. Its not the worlds best band/album, but it is catchy. It is a fine record, and nobody is going to die because they haven't "progressed." Apparently they like what they play, they know how to play that way, and I dont mind.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"drive like jehu, boilermaker, tristeza"

Who? Assuming a city can be the sum total of its bands or that bands have anything to do with the merit of a city which is ridiculous in itself, apparently San Diego = barely on the map musically. No knife sucks.

Here's a more accurate equation:

San Diego = Blink 182, Unwritten Law, giant dive bar, cheap women, military assholes, cultural wasteland.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

san diego = drive like jehu, boilermaker, tristeza and no knife

nuff said

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"you can't honestly say the drummer was an integral part of the band's previous albums"

This comment just shows how little you know about the band. Wade was a huge influence on the band.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"I wonder if the Dillinger Four even realizes/cares about Green Day ripping off one of their coolest songs."

The fact that they bitch about it at every gig they play implies they do.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

If one of Dillinger Four's coolest songs sounds like "American Idiot" than they need to start writing better material. That's the ho-hum song on that album.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 15, 2005)

I wonder if the Dillinger Four even realizes/cares about Green Day ripping off one of their coolest songs.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

San Diego is a giant dive bar for cheap women and military assholes with the diversity and culture of a white supremacists convention (go to LA for the browns). It's a waste of beautiful weather and beautiful beaches.

BrandonSideleau (February 15, 2005)

will everybody stop calling this garbage pop punk...the Ramones were pop punk......this is just plain BAD radio pop

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

oh , and the rip about the guy bombing the guitarest cuz he heard the demo's was pretty clever

as for greenday ripping off D4, thats old news dog. and who cares, everyone in power pop punk reuses riffs, its the nature of the generic power chord beast.

paul

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

I was never a big UL fan, but I dug about 1/2 of Elva (guilty pleasure) and the s/t my friend bought at warped 98 was a pretty cool pop punk record ('sorry' is a very great fun song)

So I bought this, not really w/ high expectations , just expecting something fun, and it was cheap

man. this is rock bottom. probably the worst cd i've bought in a long long time. this makes Goldfingers 'open your eyes' sound ...good. its that bad.

the vocals are shit. what happened to scotts voice? he sounds like he hasn't exercised his vocals in years, whats he been doing, smoking a pack a day and never singing? so weak and strained, raspy and pathetic. The lyrics (UL's never been good at writing them) are horrid. The music is boring. its like lostprophets/hoobastank 'heavy-radio style' riffs, but w/ the suck effect on 10. hell 11.

honestly, good charlottes song 'boys and girls' is better than most of the stuff on here, lyricallly, vocally and musically. I really mean that.

-paul

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

they should stick to playing sweet sixteen parties.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

I agree this isn't UL's finest effort, but to say the drummer isn't important in any band is ignorant. Bad drummers make bad bands. Wade is a good drummer.

BrandonSideleau (February 15, 2005)

Very bad pop music from what has always been a very bad pop band. This shit is in the same league as Britney Spears and P Diddy....why it's here? I don't know......camp value?

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

maybe if they worked with the sublime guys like they did with Elva, they might have made a good record, fuck nu metal dudes. and the last 2 goldfinger records are absolute shit, dont kid yourself.

potatoeboy56 (February 15, 2005)

San Diego rocks so fuck off. very weak offering from UL, elva was solid, oz factor was an awesome album but this album lacks any passion whatsoever. maybe all the previous drama for the band was a good thing, who knows?

Cos (February 15, 2005)

I'll second that comment. Wade was an essential part of this band, maybe even more so than original bassist John Bell. Wade tempered the rest of the band's pop/metal tendencies with his own punk influences, and hearing this album without him (even considering the contributions of the new drummer, who played with RFTC) shows the missing element. This just sounds like a metal band poorly trying to go pop

--Cos

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

maybe in describing a lot of other bands you may have been correct, but i think that unwritten law is one band where the drummer is an integral part of the band. wade's energy and attitude was perfect for a punk rock band. well, as far as i can tell from interviews and shit.

civperc (February 15, 2005)

Yeah the Green Day stuff was posted here several months ago. Craziness.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Did you ever hear about the time the UL guitarist nearly got killed by his next door neighbour, who planted a bomb in his garden? Maybe he heard the demos for this album...

Joe

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

this band was such a good pop-punk/skate punk band back in the day. their california punk sound was similar to face to face.

i hate how bands like unwritten law, autopilot off/cooter, goldfinger, the ataris, mxpx, etc developed into that power pop simple plan style.

Stick with your roots

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

i hate to be "that guy"

but i've purchased every single ul albumn starting with "oz factor" on the day they've been released

sadly enough, i didn't buy this one

this isn't ul, without wade, its just not the same

"blue room" truly changed my life and its a sad sad day when i don't even want to hear their new album

- the other scott

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Check this out:

http://breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=1336 78982&p=y33679688

Thieves thanked for Green Day Grammy inspiration

Rockers Green Day owe the success of their Grammy-winning album American Idiot to thieves who stole the masters they were working on as their new project.

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong admits the theft made him so angry he was inspired to write some of his best material, which led to the group being nominated for seven Grammys and picking up Best Rock Album on Sunday night.

He says, "It ended up being good because we were readying ourselves to go where we hadn't gone before."

The punk star was so annoyed he left his wife and kids for a month and went on a hate-filled bender to find fresh inspiration.

He adds, "I drank a lot of red wine, and vodka tonics. I was searching for something. I'm not sure it was the most successful trip."

On returning home, Armstrong caught TV news footage of the war in Iraq and decided to write an album full of songs about his feelings for modern America.

Bassist Mike Dirnt isn't fretting about the stolen tapes. In a message posted on the group's website, he wrote: "My only request is whoever's got those songs, if you put it out, put a decent cover on it."
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Kind of funny they're ranting about thieves, seeing as they stole their massive single from you-know-who.......

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Gusto was a great album. Although most of the songs weren't "punk" per say, they were still really catchy. Listen to "Footlong" and tell me it ain't catchy, you prissy bitches.

Unwritten Law has always sucked. That UFO-themed video they made was ridiculous.

-Chinatown

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2005)

gusto was a good album....just not a guttermouth album. lemon water is genius

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

ugh

TahoeJeff (February 15, 2005)

This really is awful...I thought maybe it might grow on me like Elva did...but no...I cant even listen to this thing all the way through. Kind of like Guttermouth's Gusto...yeah its that bad.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

"These guys suck as much as San Diego itself"

Dude, its fucking 35 degrees and raining in michigan right now. I bet its a hell of a lot nicer there. Plus, you can boast that your town gave birth to THE NEIGHBORS.

-Ken

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Aaron Icarus is now in Nine Inch Nails.

WTF?

joeg (February 15, 2005)

I saw them on leno last week. Unbelievably boring performance of a horrible song. Its amazing how far these guys have fallen.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

its not that bad dude..its better than most shit out there fucks

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2005)

* dont pose like youre in high school

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

i knew this was gonna suck when i saw the ad for this in AP, fuckin grow up you fucks in this band. dont pose your in high school, act your age. fuck

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

is it really that awful? i havent heard much of it.. but i'm concerned, having been such a huge fan of elva and s/t as well.

theownzenator (February 15, 2005)

When you listed the "big" names producer Sean Beaven worked with, you forgot to mention that he was behind the helm for "Downward Spiral" by Nine Inch Nails. It isn't his fault this album isn't amazing...

maverick (February 15, 2005)

Their self-titled was fucking great; Elva was fucking great; this is fucking shit. There's just nothing here anymore.

Did anyone watch them on Letterman tonight? So unbelievably boring. No charisma whatsoever. No one in that band cares that they're in that band.

-Scott

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

These guys suck as much as San Diego itself.

blaubs21 (February 15, 2005)

wow. i'm kinda saddened to hear this is so terrible...then again i had the feeling it would be.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

first lolz

-duped

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