Kill Your Idols - Live at CBGB's [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

Kill Your Idols

Kill Your Idols: Live at CBGB's [reissue]Live at CBGB's [reissue] (2005)
Blackout! Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Kill Your Idols were never really the most innovative band ever, but I doubt it was ever really the point. Blackout! Records, in conjunction with Creep, presents some steadfast evidence in this, Live at CBGB's. Recorded straight off the soundboard at a headlining gig in July 2000, it's a compact dis.

Kill Your Idols were never really the most innovative band ever, but I doubt it was ever really the point. Blackout! Records, in conjunction with Creep, presents some steadfast evidence in this, Live at CBGB's. Recorded straight off the soundboard at a headlining gig in July 2000, it's a compact disc reissue of the album, originally released as a limited pressing through Creep in 2002. The band plays straightforward, 80's-inspired hardcore with garbled vocals atop of a melodic but always driving undercurrent of guitars, and here we're offered a fairly comprehensive look at those early days in the live format.

Andy's consistent bark sounds pretty clear over his band's never-stopping onslaught of punk rock-driven tempos at the legendary club in New York City. While the band's style tends to run together a bit severely, leaving little room for standouts or prime moments, the band makes due. Fan favorite "Falling" is the climax of memorable times here, as the guitars sound ridiculously melodic and urgent, and the gang vocals are in some spots that work spectacularly well, and it's really the only place on the disc that you can hear the crowd. The infectious "Cast Me Aside" is another, with some more creative, playful guitar work scattered around its playing time. I'd be lying if I didn't say "Send in the Clowns" is another of my favorites on the album, with some backups that help it immensely and a little metal solo tucked in at the end. "Autumn" and "Epilouge" play off their respective hooks nicely to make for late entry notables. There's a breather offered between every four-song block, and thankfully so, as even with blasts as short as a buck-seven are hitting you, oxygen is deficient.

Between now and the time of the live show most of the material in the band's discography has seen its release, but the set list does manage to pull from a fairly healthy number of albums. 1999's This is Just the Beginning EP, a 2000 split with the Nerve Agents as well as that year's No Gimmicks Needed LP and a compilation song all take turns contributing to the makeup of the track listing.

Obviously, any band is usually better served with a live album a bit later in their careers, and Kill Your Idols would be no exception, surely sidestepping the risk of decreased passion and energy since they still have it in spades these days. However, if you're looking for a no-frills, raw drive of old-school-influenced hardcore punk and all the same a retrospective-style look at the earlier days of one of -- if not the -- best hardcore bands to come out of Long Island, NY, Live at CBGB's is a pretty safe bet.


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Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

not exactly the most innovative band on the planet, but still, they play good solid hardcore. ya gotta love "falling" and "cant take it away"...

localh (October 1, 2005)

oh my god someone has an opinion....
Get over it ya fucks...

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

i second will.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

You're an idiot.


localh (September 30, 2005)

gorilla biscuits owns over any nyhc band

AlmostPunkEnough (September 30, 2005)

superdude, it takes more tha spilling beer everywhere to recreate CBGBs. you have to pee in the corner for at least 3 months, AND you have to find the ugliest girls in lower Manhatan to stand around.

TheOneTrueBill (September 30, 2005)

"2. Like I can ever kill Bob Hope."


Seriously though, I did laugh at that one.

johnnydanger (September 30, 2005)

one of my favorite bands ever

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

who does this band sound like?


Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

Can't take it away from me!!!!

Some of the best shows in the late 90s in NYC were with these guys.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

kyi is the only real hardcore band left

superdude (September 30, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Do they play this CD at CBGBs a lot?

2. Like I can ever kill Bob Hope.

3. Do you ever invite a whole lot of people over and listen to this and spill beer all over your floor and pretend you are at the real show?

skankin_in_the_pit (September 30, 2005)

The flyer from this show on the back of the cd case makes me so jealous of everybody from New York. I think it was with the Nerve Agents, Inhuman, and American Nightmare. Of course then I realize CBGB got shut down and is looking for spots here in Vegas.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

Well, I think this band kicks ass.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

i love kill your idols. great fucking band. i have great respect for them.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

nyhc represented well. keep it going toys...i mean boys.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

awesome band.

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