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The High Speed Scene

The High Speed Scene: The High Speed SceneThe High Speed Scene (2005)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 0.5


Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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There are certain exercises in fortitude that every person must endure somewhere along their life. Be that battling with a disease, continuing on in a fight after being severely injured, or in my case, attempting to make it through all 32 minutes of the High Speed Scene's self-titled debut album wit.
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There are certain exercises in fortitude that every person must endure somewhere along their life. Be that battling with a disease, continuing on in a fight after being severely injured, or in my case, attempting to make it through all 32 minutes of the High Speed Scene's self-titled debut album without wanting to impale myself on a spear. Now, I'm not trying to equate myself with cancer survivors or UFC fighters, but it did take some strength to not actually take this disc out of my CD drive and break it into the smallest possible fragments.

Let's talk for a minute about the concept of rhyming. Rhyming, when used well, and sparsely, can be a pretty effective tool in poetry, story, and songwriting. But if Robert Frost were to use the same rhyme scheme in every poem, or if Dr. Seuss were to use the same scheme in every children's book he wrote, would it not wear off the novelty? Most would say yes, and this is apparently a memo that the High Speed Scene failed to get. They probably don't put their cover sheets on their TPS reports, either. No, it seems rather they sit around, eat Cheetos and play Tetris in the time most would spend writing an album. Because from the sound of it, this took about a week. To write, record, and get into record stores. I can't even give them the benefit of the doubt and say this is typical pop-punk. Really, MxPx and Off By One need not be insulted that harshly.

I ride my BMX / I smoke my Cali weed / I dig on NOFX / Rich kids on LSD /… / I ride this bike all night / I'll ride it till the end / A case of Natty Light / I'll kick it with my friends.
Nobody in this band is under the age of 16 years old, so I don't know about the rest of you, but lyrics like that really aren't acceptable. That's gone past the territory I'd consider "bad;" those lyrics are nothing short of an abomination. Those lyrics actually make me angry reading them. Angry to think that talented musicians are struggling, playing in dives every night to make a payment on a one-room apartment, and these guys have a deal with Interscope. And if anything, the lyrics get progressively worse from there. I'll leave that to your imagination, or a Google search if you really feel so inclined, but just trust me. You can tell just by the song titles: "Hottie," "Assingear," "Allaboutit," among others. They're too cool to even put a space between words. None of the qualities that exist in good pop-punk records are here. It's not fun. The guitar-work seems to be recycled in different order from song to song, there's barely any drumming to speak of, and the vocals are just bad enough to accent the lyrics. Terrific.

This really may be one of the single worst albums I've ever had the displeasure of listening to. This is an album that manages to give pop-punk a band name; just think about that for a minute. Avoid this like the plague, SARS, and syphillis all morphed into one disease and put itself into every copy of this album. Bah.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (March 24, 2006)

are the people who say these guys arent good retarded. the lyrics make you laff, n then on top of that th guitar parts are really simple, n so r th drums. there jus a great band to listen to

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

Eh. You can say you don't like them, but i love The High Speed Scene. They may not be the most orignial band (dear god they're not) but they're good at what they do. would rate it about an 8 or so.. but i'm to lazy to change what i've already put. 10.

Anonymous (August 19, 2005)

The "official" review above is what makes me hate internet reviewers: any moron with a computer assumes they suddenly have taste. If this reviewer can't understand what makes The High Speed Scene one of the best rock bands out right now, then it's just a matter that the reviewer's senses are askew. Sadly, anyone that doesn't know better might mistake that for a legitimate opinion. Check out The High Speed Scene, they're rocking harder than most will ever dream of.

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

Dude, you obviously know nothing about drumming. These drums are some of the best I've ever heard in a really long time. The guitar lines are really creative and really aren't recycled at all. And jesus, man, punk is all about recycling guitar licks. Look at Green Day for Christ's sake.

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

I will take the biggest fucking sigh of relief when this trend dies.....

----Travis.

Anchors (June 20, 2005)

My "Jump To Conclusions Map" Is telling me: "Do not Buy this record, or you will have a car accident soon when you are leaving your garage!"

Shit Shit Shit!!!!

That comment ruled.

LastNameT (June 20, 2005)

This review made me :)

BabySue.com Album Review
The High Speed Scene (CD, Star Trak / Interscope, Pop/rock) Great pop/rock without all the unnecessary ingredients. The three gentlemen in The High Speed Scene get back to basics on their self-titled album. Lead singer/songwriter Max Hart writes killer tunes that just burst at the seams with positive energy. There are some hilarious moments as well. Consider this chorus line: F*ck...and spend money...f*ck...and spend money (haw haw!). Rounding out the band are Domen Vajevec (bass)and Adam Aaronson (drums). These guys are one tight little unit...playing flawless tunes with relentless energy and enthusiasm. Anyone who ever loved Redd Kross and early Cheap Trick will surely appreciate this band's sound. Hooks and catchy choruses abound throughout this wonderfully uplifting album. The guitars are loud and fuzzed out...the bass solid and tight...and the drums resound with thumpy coolness. Tired of thinking about music all the time...? These guys provide tunes that just make you want to dance and sing along. Cool rockers include "For the Kids," "Assingear," "F**k & Spend," "Last Chance," and "All Swans." Truly rockin' great stuff. (Rating: 5 )

www.lastname-t.com

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

My "Jump To Conclusions Map" Is telling me: "Do not Buy this record, or you will have a car accident soon when you are leaving your garage!"

Shit Shit Shit!!!!

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

"They were actually pretty good, especially considering they're bored studio musicians (thus making them the Toto of the indie rock scene)."

Haha! Although, Toto actually had the talent to write a few huge hits. With this band, I'm thinking that will not happen.

Anchors (June 18, 2005)

Bitch please!

Jesse (June 18, 2005)

GImmick stealer! Stop riding my scene, G. I'll throw down mad-stzzz-yle.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

" Really, MxPx and Off By One need not be insulted that harshly."

My cousin is in off by one

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

score's for office space

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Score is for the RKL reference, other than that is shit!

maverick (June 17, 2005)

I also saw them with the Futureheads last week. They were so painfully boring and bland. The songs went nowhere. They were tight as all hell, but so is the local cover band who plays at the dive bar down the street.

Worthless.

-Scott

lou (June 17, 2005)

socre is for being unable to find a summer job. you have my sympathy.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I saw these guys play with The Futureheads. They were actually pretty good, especially considering they're bored studio musicians (thus making them to Toto of the indie rock scene).

I thought they had good chemistry, knew how to work a beat, and had great guitar lines.

I dunno, maybe it just didn't translate well into record.

Anchors (June 17, 2005)

Well, I've been unable to get a job this summer, so if I'm not out hanging out, or doing something, chances are I'm writing, because TV is boring as fuck during the day.

Also, it doesn't take me long to write. A review like this is half an hour tops.

CellarDoor (June 17, 2005)

Wasn't this produced by The Neptunes ?

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I've only listened to 30 seconds yet, but it's pretty obvious that they're signed to a major label in hopes of becoming the next fountains of wayne.

theundergroundscene (June 17, 2005)

yeah dude

i kind of find it hard to believe that this kid does anything but review music

ElVaquero (June 17, 2005)

Damn, dude. You write a lot. I can barely manage one review a week.

TahoeJeff (June 17, 2005)

Score is for the band's link. Classic! This was a great review.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

those pussies dont even drink natty ice?

what a bunch of sallys

- pussyfoot

swingline (June 17, 2005)

score is for tps reports, cheetos, and tetris. bravo.

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