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The Soviettes

The Soviettes: LPIIILPIII (2005)
Fat Wreck Chords

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Contributed by: adamAdam
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It's almost a shame that "Paranoia Cha Cha Cha" was the Soviettes' contribution to the widely distributed Rock Against Bush compilations. While thematically hitting the nail on the head, compared to the bulk of their latest record the track is just tragically normal. Competent little punk rock tunes.


It's almost a shame that "Paranoia Cha Cha Cha" was the Soviettes' contribution to the widely distributed Rock Against Bush compilations. While thematically hitting the nail on the head, compared to the bulk of their latest record the track is just tragically normal. Competent little punk rock tunes are one thing; the brilliantly energetic, multi-voiced, smartly written two-minute masterpieces of LPIII are another entirely.

The album-opening "Multiply And Divide" sets the stage by making use of multiple female singers, group shouts in the chorus and drummer Danny's oddly distinctive vocals in the verses. Individually, these players could probably carry a band all on their own, but it's in the combination of their talents that the Soviettes surpass expectations. Think the B-52s without the camp, hanging with the Bowery crowd. "(Do) The Stagger" exemplifies this, matching up Danny's voice (in Fred Schneider's range for sure), with a Ramones-worshiping chorus. There's so much interplay packed into each track that I'll completely avoid the daunting task of determining whether it's Annie, Sturgeon, Suzy, or some combination thereof, singing at any given moment. "Roller Girls" is a delightfully weird, frenetic little song. The band at one point shouts in a taunting cheerleader chant "we're the weapons of mass destruction! Bomb's away!" That combination of absurdist, hyperactive songwriting with serious, at times political undertones reoccurs throughout the record, keeping LPIII grounded. "Together" sounds like a vintage Lookout! cut. With so much material in the spirit of the early 90's Berkley scene, it's entirely fitting that the Soviettes emerged from Billie Joe Armstrong's label. "How Do You Like It" is the high point of the album. At only a minute and a half, the track takes at least three distinct turns, distilling the band's quirks to their most essential components.

If you've been on board since the band's debut, orLPII, you'll find the Soviettes continuing with their established sound here. It's so well executed on LPIII that the lack of a real change in direction is a moot point. For fans of the sub-two minute punk song, of hyper energetic pop with one foot in the 70's (but not hampered by it), this is an essential summer soundtrack.

 

 
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splitter (March 15, 2010)

Recently heard this for the first time. It's amazing.

Anonymous (March 18, 2006)

Suck.

Boy, can you even imagine the pure CRAP that this person probably listens to?!

lol

Anonymous (March 18, 2006)

Great record. I can't believe that I waited so long before picking it up.

TahoeJeff (January 2, 2006)

This is actually realy good. I wish I would have got it sooner.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Suck.

8dollarclarinetsolo (July 6, 2005)

strike anywhere really isnt that good... who has listened to them in the past 2 years?

Johnny_X (July 5, 2005)

"because people like the dude below are just gonna pigeon-hole them as shite before even giving it a listen."

I hope you weren't talking about me because I was trying to defend Fat. They have a pretty incredible roster.

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

"The Soviettes fuckin' rock.

It's ashame though that they've signed to Fat, because people like the dude below are just gonna pigeon-hole them as shite before even giving it a listen."
it really doesnt matter what these kinda people think, haters will hate, fuck em though...
cm

Johnny_X (July 4, 2005)

Don't forget about Good Riddance getting back together. And now Fat have Strike Anywhere also.

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

"fat has like 5 good bands..against me!, propaghandi, rise against, mfgg, ok, so maybe they only have 4 good bands."

Lawrence Arms?

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rkl (July 3, 2005)

The Soviettes - LPIII
Posted by Anonymous on 2005-07-01 10:51:08

"since this is on fat, you can already assume this sucks. dont trust 16 year olds"

I thought we've moved on to hating on victory.

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just hate vagrant, then you never have to worry about defending your bias

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

"fat has like 5 good bands..against me!, propaghandi, rise against, mfgg, ok, so maybe they only have 4 good bands."

Lawrence Arms?

Anchors (July 2, 2005)

A good review will always make somebody who's never heard the band want to purchase the album anyway.

That said, I bought this today, and am very happy with it.

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

Holy shit! That would have been a badass show!

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

The Soviettes and Toys That Kill ripped up the Ivy Room last night- it was great!

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

"since this is on fat, you can already assume this sucks. dont trust 16 year olds"

fat has like 5 good bands..against me!, propaghandi, rise against, mfgg, ok, so maybe they only have 4 good bands.

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

great stuff, easily their best record yet. this is up there with smoke or fire and paint it black for album of the year... at least so far.

this post alone makes me want to rip a piss on this CD

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

sounds decent

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

I love this band and I love this record. OH YEAH

corpseofmymotivation (July 1, 2005)

My friend got this CD the other day and we listened to it in the car. He loved it. I really couldn't get into it though. It's not something I'd go out and buy, but it's not horrible.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

To the guy who said he was bored with LP II and asked how this was:

I think it's better. I had misgivings because I liked LP so much, but was so let down by LP II, but I think this is just as solid as their debut, if not better. A pleasant suprise.

Crookedsuperhero (July 1, 2005)

"I need to move to Minneapolis."

I hear some pretty shady people live there.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Thanks, I just went around my city to every record store looking for this cd after reading this review, but to no avail, what the fuck FAT ?

gladimnotemo (July 1, 2005)

I need to move to Minneapolis.

notfeelingcreative (July 1, 2005)

"since this is on fat, you can already assume this sucks. dont trust 16 year olds"

Yeah, but don't you want to be trusted when you turn 16?

Karasu (July 1, 2005)

I remember the trustkill days.... well ok I remember liking Opposite of December back in like what? 2000? Best label ever.... come on. Lets hear it for HARVEST!!!!

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

This band are very cool indeed, looking forward to picking this up soon. Can't we start hating Trustkill now?

Joe

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

This is good, I love this band, but wheres the Black Halos review?

unconcerned (July 1, 2005)

This album reminds me of everything from the Red Aunts, Go Gos, Dance Hall Crashers to the one singer's husband's band D4...

I give it a 7 for good poppy punk stuff with loads of hook...

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

"since this is on fat, you can already assume this sucks. dont trust 16 year olds"

I thought we've moved on to hating on victory.

crackpotdemagogue (July 1, 2005)

The Soviettes fuckin' rock.

It's ashame though that they've signed to Fat, because people like the dude below are just gonna pigeon-hole them as shite before even giving it a listen.

Rock'n'roll ya cunts!

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

I love the song "Paranoia Cha Cha Cha" but was bored with LP II. So how will I feel about LP III? Thanks in advance for the help.

Crookedsuperhero (July 1, 2005)

"Paranoia Cha Cha Cha" is definately my favorite Soviettes song, but from what you say, the songs on this are better? Wow. Gotta pick this up."

That songs on this. And this album fucking rules.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

>>>since this is on fat, you can already assume this sucks. dont trust 16 year olds.

Hating on Fat is so 1996. Get with the times, oldie.

sickboi (July 1, 2005)

"Paranoia Cha Cha Cha" is definately my favorite Soviettes song, but from what you say, the songs on this are better? Wow. Gotta pick this up.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

"since this is on fat, you can already assume this sucks. dont trust 16 year olds."

you're an idiot

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

These girls and guy rock my world! TGIF~!

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

since this is on fat, you can already assume this sucks. dont trust 16 year olds.

fistchode (July 1, 2005)

I was looking through reviews today, and all the reviews I was curious on Adam reviewed. Well... I only looked at Greg Macpherson and the Epoxies, but my conclusion is that he reviews the cool stuff.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

great stuff, easily their best record yet. this is up there with smoke or fire and paint it black for album of the year... at least so far.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

I really dig this band. I've been turned off of pretty much all of the new punk rock coming out these days, but this is one of the few bands kicking around that are doing something quality that sounds fresh and familure all at the same time.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Not bad

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

a great summer platter...great

TheNightProwler (July 1, 2005)

I ordered this CD from interpunk a few days ago so I eagerly await for it to arrive in my mailbox, hopefully within 24 hours.

This band should be ruling the world by now!

inagreendase (July 1, 2005)

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Just bouncy, snotty punk-pop in the more throwback sense, sorta like the Bangles on speed. The guy who sings like Fred Schneider isn't a bad touch, either. Not only that, there aren't any token ballad songs į la that video they released off LPII.

stevejonestherealbones (July 1, 2005)

fuckin one step behind toledo at every fuckin stepping stone in my life.

adam. keep up the work

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

Are there females in this band?

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