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Teenage Bottlerocket

Teenage Bottlerocket: TotalTotal (2005)
Red Scare

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: OKSodaOKSoda
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Before we get this review underway, look through your CD/vinyl collection real fast. Do you own some records by the Ramones, and maybe one or two by the Descendents? Good. Now, do you like these records? If you do, then you may stop reading here and go buy this record. Teenage Bottlerocket is bas.
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Before we get this review underway, look through your CD/vinyl collection real fast. Do you own some records by the Ramones, and maybe one or two by the Descendents? Good. Now, do you like these records? If you do, then you may stop reading here and go buy this record.

Teenage Bottlerocket is based out of Wyoming, and just happens to be Kody Lillington's new band (hopefully a familiar name), and these guys play some of the best pop-punk to be heard in a long time. As stated above, they take the sound of the Ramones and (in my opinion anyway) fuse it with the guitar work of earlier Descendents. Anyone who has listened to either of those bands know that this is a perfect combination.

The band winds up playing fast, fun, albeit simple songs. Some songs have only one verse that is repeated twice. One song features the sentence "Girl, you know, I love it when you go away," repeated for the entire 2-minute duration of the track. Of course, this isn't a problem in the least nor is it to be seen as a complaint. Just giving you an idea of what these guys are doing. Most songs revolve around the topic of girls, and these are the best songs. Catchy, almost too poppy, songs featuring lyrics such as:

So please stay / Tell me that you'll never go away / 'Cause if you do / I'm coming after you / So cool / I love hanging out with you / Baby, you're so cool / With all the stupid things we do."
However, this brings us to the only problem with the album. Songs such as "So Cool" and "Stupid Games" are going to be classics for the band, there is no doubt about that. But songs like "Rebound" and "Blood Bath At Burger King," while good (and certainly relatable), seem to lose their charm quickly after only a few listens. The aforementioned "Rebound" kills the momentum of the album, and "Blood Bath" isn't quite as funny after 5 listens. In other words, the simple love songs are really the keepers on the album, and luckily, a great portion of the record is just that.

I can't explain enough how great this record is. Listening to it, I'm hit with nostalgia for bands of yesterday, and still it feels so fresh and new. Teenage Bottlerocket has taken the very foundation of pop-punk and built a skyscraper of an album. Highly recommended.

 

 
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Kosta011 (February 11, 2012)

4.5 stars.

literamaniac (August 29, 2010)

I love this album. "Fall for Me" is such a fucking great song.

neverbeenbetter (July 26, 2009)

these guys look like gays

Skawas (March 14, 2008)

really really good! I love "bloodbath at burgerking"

randomness (May 31, 2007)

This is truly one of the best pop-punk albums realeased in a long while and probably one of the best ever.
Can't wait to see what they do with their next album later this year.

graphix (October 9, 2006)

But songs like "Rebound" and "Blood Bath At Burger King," while good (and certainly relatable), seem to lose their charm quickly after only a few listens. The aforementioned "Rebound" kills the momentum of the album, and "Blood Bath" isn't quite as funny after 5 listens. In other words, the simple love songs are really the keepers on the album, and luckily, a great portion of the record is just that

I'm going to have to go against that statement. Have you ever even been in a Burger King? Every time I hear this song - my nose fills up with the aroma of ever growing profits and grease traps. It is as if you are *actually there* when he sings this song.

Every time I put it on loop for eight hours, my heart grows another size.

Anonymous (May 17, 2006)

The Best Band in a long time. Modern Ramones- Very Cool

Jack
CF Iowa

LarsBars (April 30, 2006)

Go Wyoming Punk!

Anonymous (April 20, 2006)

best ramones esque pop punk cd ever. i think this kicks the shit out of the ramones.

Anonymous (April 16, 2006)

Great CD! One of the best I've heard in the past year or two. Also, I bought the CD straight from the website and I got it literally one day later! HOLY SHIT!

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

This band is pretty sweet i'd have to say, I love the songs!

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

This band is so awsome, their songs had true meaning!!! Blood bath at burger king. Ya, thats something to sing about.

Anonymous (April 3, 2006)

i saw these guys on the "teenage kicks" tour with the groovie ghoulies and the teenage harlets...not only does this album kick ass but they are tight as fuck live..go see them AND buy the album!

BluthCo (February 24, 2006)

I agree with the score but "Bloodbath at Burger King" is my favorite song on the album.

shyzmum (January 22, 2006)

pretty kool just need to know when yr comming to AZ?

warningdevice (December 9, 2005)

For anyone who doesn't have this on vinyl yet... go get it! It has an unreleased re-recorded track ("Be Stag") that was originaly from thie first full length "Another Way", which I also plan to review in the near future. This record is the best released by anyone so far this decade, and it'll be hard to beat... unless they crank out another rad record which I garuntee they will. To any nay-sayers of these guys, you're fucking retards! Take off your hawthorne heights shoe laces and get with it!

Anonymous (November 23, 2005)

every track is amazing!!!

Anonymous (August 16, 2005)

Screw You Guys They Kick Ass i Mean Come On Give em a break if its not in your planer FUCK U All exepct Teen Age Bottlerocket They Kick ass I lIke Stupid games And So Cool

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

u all suck balls

thepuglife (April 14, 2005)

TBR owes my band a fucking corn dog from when we recorded at the same time at the blasting room. i don't know if i can support a band who would just leave another band corndogless like that.

good shit, by the way

http://www.mcsmokerson.com/

Anonymous (April 14, 2005)

Great review, I agree 90% with you. First off, the lyrics to "So Cool", the words are "so please say, that you'll stay". And I really don't agree with your point of view on Bloodbath. This is one of the best songs on the album, how could you say such BS about a great song, its great from the first line... "Every day I get up early in the morning cause I've got to to to work, cause I wanna go where the action is, where everybody treats me like a jerk". But yeah I agree with everything else, although I have to say that this sounds more like a mix between Screeching Weasel and The Ramones, with a bit of Descendants thrown in, but the Descendants comes from Bill Stevenson helping behind the mixing boards. GO GET THIS RECORD!

NOW!

Anonymous (April 14, 2005)

I've only heard Bloodbath At Burger King so far, but if the rest is actually BETTER I'll kill to get my hands on this album!

OKSoda (April 11, 2005)

You can hear a whole song or two from Redscare.net .

muskawo_ (April 11, 2005)

after reading this review I wanna hear these guys, but not on a stream (I'm at work). Is there anywhere I can get a few mp3s? (not clips, either)

Anonymous (April 10, 2005)

You can also buy it from the band's website:

www.teenagebottlerocket.com

They sell the CD for a reasonable price. Interpunk is fine for me though, they have an insane selection, pretty much everything.

Kenjamin (April 10, 2005)

Some labels are horrible with mailorders though. Atleast with amazon, interpunk, etc, you know your order will come in 3-5 days and if it "gets lost" or something happens you're not totally fucked. Plus distros like no idea never updated their website meaning that i get 1 cd i ordered out of 5 and a credit slip for 35 dollars.

Just to note though, Interpunk could charge the same as some labels because as a distro they buy at wholesale rates.

Anonymous (April 10, 2005)

Yeah, I hadn't thought about shipping prices. I really wanted to buy some CDs from Future Farmer Records, but their shipping was insane (around $20 just for 4 albums; I live in Canada) so I dismissed that idea.

That said, I just went to check at Interpunk for those Future Farmer albums. All are listed as being out of stock...

Ugh.

-Chinatown

pastepunk (April 10, 2005)

I'd probably buy this album if this band's label had an actual webstore... There's no way I'm giving Interpunk any of my money. Notice how they always charge $1-2 more per CD than the labels. I understand that it's necessary if they want to bring in profit...but I just fail to understand the point of it all. Buy straight from the labels (except for this one, they suck for not having an e-store) and save your money; it's pretty simple. Conclusion: only morons shop at Interpunk.

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Buy it from Suburban Home Records here: http://www.suburbanhomerecords.com/store/index.php?main_page=prod uct_music_info&products_id=799
I'm sure it will be cheaper than Interpunk since this is their main distributor, and shipping will likely be less too. Great disc.

jared (April 10, 2005)

Okay...$4.50, $6.25, $8.75. That's how much shipping was when I first added 1 shirt, then 2, then 3 to my cart. Shirts really don't weigh that much...the difference between 1 shirt and 3 is not $4.25 in shipping/handling charges.

OKSoda (April 10, 2005)

Yeah, interpunk is only a good idea if you have 5 or 6 cds you are odering, all from different labels. This way you don't have to pay seperate shipping for all the cds.

Anonymous (April 10, 2005)

maybe thats because.....hmmm...it costs more money to ship more items?especially larger stuff like tshirts?

those bastards.

jared (April 10, 2005)

Yeah...but Interpunk gets me when they have something I can't get anywhere else - and then I might as well buy other stuff because their system of adding more $$ per item is stupid.

For CDs, it's something like between 1 and 4 CDs, it's the same shipping cost...so I might as well get a couple more discs than pay $4.50 shippinig on one disc. Really dumb how if you throw a T-Shirt in that order though, it jumps up another couple bucks. They rape on shipping.

bizzlebrizzle (April 10, 2005)

Yeah, they should sell stuff at the same price they buy it for.

Another incredible idea from Chinatown.

No, he's saying it's stupid for the people who are actually buying it to buy it from interpunk because they're paying 2 dollars more than had they just ordered it directly from the record label.

Crookedsuperhero (April 10, 2005)

Yeah, they should sell stuff at the same price they buy it for.

Another incredible idea from Chinatown.

Anonymous (April 10, 2005)

I'd probably buy this album if this band's label had an actual webstore... There's no way I'm giving Interpunk any of my money. Notice how they always charge $1-2 more per CD than the labels. I understand that it's necessary if they want to bring in profit...but I just fail to understand the point of it all. Buy straight from the labels (except for this one, they suck for not having an e-store) and save your money; it's pretty simple. Conclusion: only morons shop at Interpunk.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (April 10, 2005)

the new scenes in wyoming suckas just you see.... just you see

Anonymous (April 9, 2005)

so kody from the lillingtons helped the moron brothers polish a turd? Thats awesome...those boys have been swimming in shit for a long time now. Laramie punk rock pride yo.

Anonymous (April 9, 2005)

OK Soda was pretty good. I loved the marketing behind it though. It tasted like Mello Yello and kind of like Surge.

Anonymous (April 9, 2005)

Everyone who likes this needs to get the RadioBeats 7" on big neck records. It will seriously be the best garage/punk record you purchase this year.

-Ken

OKSoda (April 9, 2005)

Damnit, that was me, I wasnt logged in!

Anonymous (April 9, 2005)

I AM a dickfore. Thanks.

The name is from the D4 song, though I do know the history of the drink (though I've never had it befre). And no problem for the kind words, you guys earned it.

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

its good to know some people are still realeasing/liking quality music nowadays

TheOneTrueBill (April 8, 2005)

Anyone else notice that the last song on here, "So Far Away" is the exact same chords as "So Far Away" from the Methadones? Seriously, check it out.

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

This is a pretty decent CD, it's not like the 2nd coming of pop punk by any means, but it good.

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

This is pretty good stuff. Fun if nothing else.

RedScare (April 8, 2005)

OKsoda, thanks for the kind words, glad you dig it. My question for you is this: did you ever try OK Soda or do you take the name from the D4 song? I know that soda had like a handful of "test markets" and I know that Seattle (my home) and Minny were among them.

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

OKsoda seems like a real dickfore.

OKSoda (April 8, 2005)

Whoa, Bill, you don't like ANY of the bands that the members of the Falcon are in? That just seems crazy to me. I've never met someone who didn't like at least on of those bands.

You are strange.

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

The Bravery RULES!!!!

CorpseOfMyMotivation (April 8, 2005)

From the two songs I've heard from Teenage Bottlerocket, they're pretty damn good. It takes a lot for pop-punk to keep me interested these days. Lately, the only pop-punk I listen to much is Moral Crux.

TheOneTrueBill (April 8, 2005)

Well, me. But that's because I'm not a fan of the other bands of the people in the Falcon.

OKSoda (April 8, 2005)

I think Red Scare will become big if they keep releasing top-quality stuff like they have been. I mean, I know I already own their whole catalogue (3 albums). And who here doesn't at least have the Falcon EP?

CorpseOfMyMotivation (April 8, 2005)

I wonder if Red Scare is going to become a big name in the next few years.

swingline (April 8, 2005)

well, it beats the shit out of yellowcard.

thirtyseconds (April 8, 2005)

I LOVE the Spicy Beanburger at Burger King. Poo fries though. Quick burger have the best fries. Just over KFC.

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

I feel like I have deja vous when i listen to them.

TheOneTrueBill (April 8, 2005)

I LOVE Bloodbath at Burger King. I've been listening to it non stop since it was the MP3 of the week here. My package with this should be here tomorrow, and I'm a hppy boy.

bizzlebrizzle (April 8, 2005)

This band is amazing!

Hurray for real pop-punk making a comeback!

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

sorry.

-Teenage Bottlerocket

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

no more skulls, please. i appreciate your cooperation.

thank you,
mike

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

Im thinking of making the purchase off interpunk. I like the sound clips on their site.

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