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The Missing 23rd

The Missing 23rd: The End of an ErrorThe End of an Error (2004)
Blackbird

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Missing 23rd? Who? The Missing 23rd were a melodic hardcore band from Oxnard, California, home of the famous nardcore scene. Founded in 1995, they broke up in 2004, following their second studio album Ctrl.Alt.Del. Well known for their socially conscious but un-preachy lyrics, they had the sound .
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Missing 23rd? Who?

The Missing 23rd were a melodic hardcore band from Oxnard, California, home of the famous nardcore scene. Founded in 1995, they broke up in 2004, following their second studio album Ctrl.Alt.Del. Well known for their socially conscious but un-preachy lyrics, they had the sound of a rougher but more straight-ahead Good Riddance.

So What's This Then?

Prior to their breakup, the lads were working on some songs for a new studio album. Those songs are included on here, as well as other non-album tracks, some taken from various splits. This is basically their valedictory album for the fans who followed them and wanted some more material.

What Does It Sound Like?

The new songs are slower with a more driving rhythm. It's clear they were going for a new sound for the new album. "Everything Must Go" however demonstrates how the new sound combines aggressive vocals with a less aggressive instrumental backing. The middle section of the CD sounds like B-sides from Ctrl.Alt.Del. and the closing end slows things down again, to just behind Ctrl.Alt.Del. pace. There's also a "`Til It's Gone" (opening track) remix tacked on the end. Minus that remix, the last 3 songs feature the best production by far. None of the songs have bad production, though there is a noticeable change between some tracks.

Any Good?

Yeah, quite. The first 2 tracks are superb and really highlight the shame it is that these guys broke up. The biggest problem here is that most of the album drifts by without grabbing you and demanding you to listen. Hey, it's B-sides, what do you expect? As usual for B-side albums, the flow does suffer, although only slightly. There aren't any absolutely awful songs on here and will certainly quench any fan's thirst for new songs; this collection is certainly not disappointing in any way. Granted, some of the really slower and sludgy moments may have you cringe at first and wonder what the guys were playing at, but honestly, the songs are enjoyable enough.

Only a 6? Why? Should I buy it?

Well in my opinion, Ctrl.Alt.Del. was an 8 album and I reckon this is a full 2 notches behind that. It's quite good for fans of the band, but I would not recommend this over the previous 2 releases. So yeah, buy it if you love the band. You will enjoy it. But be aware that the chances are you've already heard the best 2 songs: "`Til It's Gone", which appeared on the 2003 Warped compilation, and a fantastic cover of the DK's "Moral Majority."

Who Are the DKs?

Shouldn't you be at Hot Topic looking for some black hair dye?

 

 
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notfeelingcreative (January 16, 2006)

"Rollins Band/Circle Jerks/The Bronx??????? What the hell are you talking about? To the best of my recollection, that never happened."

Uh, yeah actually you're correct. Forgetting that I've seen the circle jerks twice, I accidentally amalgamated the two bills. It was Rollins Band/Circle Jers/Us Bombs and Circle Jerks/GBH/The Bronx/Missing 23rd!!

BrandonSideleau (January 16, 2006)

Only their front man actually MOVES AROUND! Where as Russ Rankin just stands there with a mic........boring.....live show is half of what makes a punk band great, and GR sorely lack in that department. M23 on the other hand, know how to play!

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

Saw these guys opening for Good Riddance in 2001 or 2002. Strangely enough they sounded like a subpar Good Riddance.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

best band ever. i went to there last show. i filmed it. they are badass. they are my favorite band and alwayz will be..... GET BACK TOGETHER!!!!!!!

BrandonSideleau (January 15, 2006)

Rollins Band/Circle Jerks/The Bronx??????? What the hell are you talking about? To the best of my recollection, that never happened.

notfeelingcreative (January 15, 2006)

I saw these guys open the Rollins Band/Circle Jerks/ The Bronx tour, they did a really good job of warming up the crowd, I enjoy them and their music!

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

only time i saw them they covered a gorilla biscuits song.

BrandonSideleau (January 15, 2006)

This band could really play great live.......I remember them stealing the show from Bad Religion back at the Ventura Theatre in early 2003.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

I miss this band.

Dante3000 (January 15, 2006)

I'm pretty sure I saw these guys open form Against Me! in Santa Cruz. I don't remember much of their set except it was quite off set by the slow drawl of Lucero.
-Dante

rkl (January 15, 2006)

jellos so hardcore he uses black ink squeezed from the feathers of albino peacocks.

ncarlber (January 15, 2006)

stupid review

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