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Static Revolution

Static Revolution: You Look GoodYou Look Good (2005)
Lorelei

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Dante3000Dante3000
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Those of us born around or before the mid-eighties got to experience an amazing period of time in hardcore punk. An era where hardcore music could be melodic without being sappy, emotional without being whinny and girls' pants were worn by girls. This brings me to Fury 66, a band I first heard in my.
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Those of us born around or before the mid-eighties got to experience an amazing period of time in hardcore punk. An era where hardcore music could be melodic without being sappy, emotional without being whinny and girls' pants were worn by girls. This brings me to Fury 66, a band I first heard in my friend's car as he introduced them: "A new band that has something to do with Good Riddance." I wouldn't learn until later that at one time that ¾ of Good Riddance played in Fury 66 or that lead singer Joe Clements, along with GR singer Russ Rankin would go on to run Lorelei Records. I would, however, always remember how amazing that album was and thinking Fury 66 was going to be huge.

Skip ahead a few years and it is obvious that despite being an excellent band, Fury 66 did not achieve the notoriety many of their contemporaries did. This may help explain Clements' recent endeavor called Static Revolution. The band is made up of Clements and former members of Abhorrence, Jetlag, First to Fall and Cupcheck. The band did a small stint of tours and recently released their first album, titled You Look Good, via Lorelei Records.

The first thing this album does is instill an instant nostalgia for the years gone by. The songs are relatively short (eight songs clocking in at almost exactly 15 minutes), punchy and hook-laden. Clements' lyrics are impressive as always, utilizing great metaphors and managing to be vulnerable without sounding pathetic. He even appears to come to terms with his Fury 66 past on the standout track "Ballad of a Never Was." Clements' vocals (which go from straight singing to full out screams) are not quite what they used to be. However, he performs with such sincerity and reckless abandon that the flaws are more endearing than annoying.

Musically, the album takes its cue form a good deal of hardcore bands. The guitars rip through both punk and metal riffs, at times resembling Strung Out and at others sounding more like Snapcase. The drums are the most inconsistent part of this album, unfortunately. Sometimes they are absolutely stellar ("Empty Pill Box"), and sometimes they do little more than provide a beat ("New Topic"). However, it is clear that their drummer, Nate Kantos, is fully capable of impressing, so I hold out hope for future records.

The record does contain other flaws, such as the fact that Clements' vocals overpower the music at times. However, most of them are hardly noticeable, especially when the volume is turned up to 11, which is how one should listen to this album. This record is a great item for fans of the older era of melodic hardcore, but with its old-school values and balls-out style it may prove a more valuable purchase for eyeliner-wearing trend-hoppers. The first time I heard this record I couldn't help but recall the first time I heard Fury 66 and think that this band is going to be huge. Whether or not they ever make it big, it is clear that Static Revolution has the ability to make music that should be heard and can't be ignored.

 

 
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stevejonestherealbones (October 30, 2005)

that last wasnt really correct either, i decided to say "hi", not "whats up"

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

stevejonestherealbones (October 30, 2005)

that was a lie. i read parts of it...had the same thoughts as rkl, and read a little more, then noticed rkl posted my thoughts, then saw your reply, then decided to say "whats up"

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

stevejonestherealbones (October 30, 2005)

hi dante. i didnt read your review....

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Dante3000 (October 30, 2005)

RKL, hey you're right about missing some of the great hardcore of the early 80's but that's not something I ever want to dwell on. Thinking I missed the original DK or Black Flag is enough to make me want to pull my eyes out.
Instead it's easier to think about what awesome hardcore bands made the late 90's worth listening to. Besides I can't really understand how awesome bands were that I never got to see, I mean bootlegs and albums only do so much justice.
-Dante

rkl (October 30, 2005)

those of us born in 80-85 missed the great period in hardcore because we were just beansprouts when shit was going on.
score is for this album

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Fury 66 was the shit.

-phdecontrol

david_arquette (October 30, 2005)

I always wondered whatever happened to Fury 66.

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