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The Ergs!

The Ergs!: DorkrockcorkrodDorkrockcorkrod (2005)
Whoa Oh

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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I admit, I'm new to this band. I first heard them on the recent Fat Wreck comp, PROTECT. I liked what I heard, and decided to maybe check them out. Whoa Oh has never let me down before this, and I didn't think they'd start now. Thankfully, they didn't. It opens with a quick 21-second number, titl.
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I admit, I'm new to this band. I first heard them on the recent Fat Wreck comp, PROTECT. I liked what I heard, and decided to maybe check them out. Whoa Oh has never let me down before this, and I didn't think they'd start now. Thankfully, they didn't.

It opens with a quick 21-second number, titled "First Song, Side One." Its first line is "I'm in love," and love is indeed a subject that occupies the mind of Mickey Erg throughout most of the CD.

There's a bit of Weezer in here, but also perhaps a nod to the Descendents, while the band can really play their instruments, which is more than can be said for some bands at the minute. The songs all seem to blend into each other at times, but this isn't a bad thing really; this is an album you'll listen to from start to finish, which really seems like the only way to do it. It has no filler, again unusual for a pop-punk album these days.

The band is perhaps equal with Teenage Bottlerocket in my own eyes in terms of pop-punk bands. I only got this one today and I've played it all a few times now. Not many albums do that to me. In fact, with the exception of Jawbreaker, the Lawrence Arms or Against Me! (can I still say that?), none really do.

By the time "180 Emotional Ollie" hits the end, you're most likely going to do one of two things: Hit play again, or go to Interpunk or wherever you get your music from for another fix. I loved it, you might too. Best track awards go to "Extra Medium" and "Pray for Rain," but that's all a matter of opinion.

It clocks in at just over 35 minutes, perfect for that shitty bus journey in the morning. In fact,I can see this being the "shitty bus journey" soundtrack for a while. It could be the soundtrack for anything; it's just good music.

 

 
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themagnetc (February 24, 2010)

i feel the same way

cassidyaudacity (February 19, 2008)

This cd is amazing.
There's only one song I don't like, and even that song is ok.
Definetely gets a ten.

i-hate-winnipeg (October 14, 2007)

haha, the "shitty-bus-ride soundtrack" for fucking sure!!!

GlassPipeMurder (August 8, 2007)

wow...that's a long palindrome.
score is for that.

pinkbubblesgoape (August 7, 2007)

is this the same band that covered the jetsons song "eep oop ork ah ha" on the 13 soda punx comp?

thebiglebowski (January 30, 2007)

Awesome

Anonymous (February 5, 2006)

"Best track awards go to 'Extra Medium' and 'Pray for Rain,' but that's all a matter of opinion."

Agreed, though "Saturday Night Crap-O-Rama" and "Vampire Party" are also excellent.

I think a 9 is a little high for this album, though. Even at 35 minutes, the sheer number of songs makes it feel longwinded, and not every song is as good as the aforementioned ones.

gloryhole100 (January 9, 2006)

this definitly is one of the only recent albums that i can listen to every track and not skip around. every song is consistnant and just as good as the last. see em live too, i've been lucky enough to see them 3 times cause theyve played in a friend of mines basement a lot. they always pull out some sick black flag, descendents or other sst band covers.

beaarthur (January 9, 2006)

That was me below. This album is good, but it's not a 9.

Anonymous (January 9, 2006)

The Ergs are the band that Flashlight Brown should've become.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (January 9, 2006)

Aah, finally someone explains it to me so i can UNDERSTAND it.

Anonymous (January 9, 2006)

The other anonymous dude (or dudette) who recommends Teenage Bottlerocket as one of the better bands in this subgenre is stupid.

The Ergs fucking rock like no other, blending influences from each and every SST release I've ever heard together with some pop punk and some Huskur Hu into a completely new style of their own. They're on point, witty and kick ass all at once. There aren't too many bands that pull that off. This album is one of my favorites from 2004 and more people should buy it for the sake of good taste!

Teenage Bottlerocket on the other hand just make straight forward pop punk in the exact same tradition as the Ramones, just like the Huntingtons, Riverdales and many others did before them. They are good at it and I can understand why people who never get bored of the same thing like it, but it's something completely different than The Ergs and Teenage Bottlerocket can only dream of being this original!

Hex

weisenflap (January 9, 2006)

mikey erg can play drums like a crazy mad man, yet sing like a mad man as well!

fuck ya!

this is a great great album.

Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

To give this band a 9/10 is pretty ridiculous. Fans of this subgenre could do themselves a big favor and listen to Teen Age Bottlerocket instead. Maybe the Ergs will get there someday, but their stuff is not 9/10.

8dollarclarinetsolo (January 8, 2006)

this is an amazing record. look for these guys to blow up soon.

MrStabone (January 8, 2006)

NERDS!

this band rules and they are all really nice dudes. i love them. i can't wait for them to come play in VA again.

last time my basement flooded and all there shit got wet. maybe next time i can blow up their van.

check this band out dorks. get on the bandwagon now. getting this record will be like having kerplunk before dookie came out. i swear.

Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

This is probably one of the best bands out there today. They work their asses of creating great music and constantly touring. I have every release by this band including the great out of print Ben Kweller Ep witch can be found to download on the ergs! website. I dont think there is one song on dork rock cork rod that isnt up to par with the rest. Great lyrics and equally great musicianship. The amazing thing is that they sound just as good live as they do on their records even if you see them in a basement, livingroom or a normal concert venue. If your really digging this band witch you should check out the modern machines. They are a band the Ergs! have toured with and played many shows with before . They are great! And also check out every Ergs! release includidng the new 7 inch Jerseys best prancers witch contains the song radio k that is found on the new fat wreck compilation

stevejonestherealbones (January 8, 2006)

they recently toured with mc chris and actually came to my town and i fucking MISSED it for some insanely lame reason like fucking a chick or something equally as useless

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

i got a 7" they released on Prison Jazz records for free a bit ago but haven't listened to it yet... i should get on that... i've been meaning to check them out for a while now but haven't...

-andrew13

AlmostPunkEnough (January 8, 2006)

SalsaShark down there gets credit for turning me onto these guys. haven't heard the whole album yet, but i love the songs i know.

most bands wish they could wirte simple songs this catchy.

Russe11 (January 8, 2006)

I'm liking these short, to the point, reviews. I've been wanting to check this band out but have always put it off..Perhaps I'll get to doing that very soon.

SalsaShark (January 8, 2006)

This review makes me sort of sad, because I was planning on writing one. Shoot.

Anyways, the Ergs are fantastic (I saw them in someone's living room, it was a good time), but the CD does get sort of repititive as it goes on.

Oh, and it's Mikey, not Mickey.

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