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Defiance, Ohio

Defiance, Ohio: Share What Ya GotShare What Ya Got (2004)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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My interest in this band named for a town in Ohio that they do not live in (the members reside in Bloomington, Indiana, if I am not mistaken) that sits a few hours' drive north from where I live in Cincinnati, stemmed from my ever music savvy friend Brian. He and his sister were planning to go see D.
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My interest in this band named for a town in Ohio that they do not live in (the members reside in Bloomington, Indiana, if I am not mistaken) that sits a few hours' drive north from where I live in Cincinnati, stemmed from my ever music savvy friend Brian. He and his sister were planning to go see Defiance, Ohio at a small local club where the promoters decided to pull an extremely stupid move. Since ska is so popular for the teenage crowd in Cincinnati, and this is an all-ages show (on a Tuesday???), the promoters chose Defiance, Ohio headlining in front of 6 "ska bands" (one or 2 bands don't really play ska, hence the quotations). When Brian related this disappointing lineup of bands (besides one or 2 pretty good local acts) and he still seemed psyched to go, I realized that if he was willing to wait through 6 "ska" bands to see Defiance, then it must be something worth checking out.

Then a few weeks after being informed of this show, I read a post on this site that had mentioned not only had Defiance finishing recording their full-length (entitled The Great Depression), but it would be coming out via No Idea Records, one-time home and current home, respectively, to two of my favorite "acoustic" punk acts Against Me! and This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb.

Then Brian informed me of another sweet thing Defiance does. They have posted their entire catalog up for download on their website. This means that everything from the CD I am reviewing to demos, their 5 songs from the Ghost Mice / Defiance, Ohio split CD, and their 2 songs from their recent split 7" with One Reason. This alone means you should check out Share What Ya Got, because this and most of their catalog is legal and free.

Now to get to the CD. The violinist in this band really complements the tight percussion section and steady beat set by the stand-up bass. I think that this record definitely has some Against Me!-like moments, but also some truly great moments. Along with some of the faster moments, the folk aspect of the acoustic guitar playing with the violin is beautifully showcased on "Lullabies." It also fits my new found rule for brevity. This also passes my brevity test: If your CD is longer than 30 minutes, there better be a REALLY GOOD REASON or it will not get as high of a review as normal.

That being said, there are moments of true brilliance on this record and songs like "Drinking Song" and "Hey Kathleen Are You Hungry" really do it for me, but the record as a whole could be so much better. The production on The Great Depression will be better than on this and will make that one of 2006's better releases. If you want to know some of the material, this is the perfect chance.

 

 
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ChelloveckSkunk (March 18, 2008)

Yeaaaaaaaa

i-hate-winnipeg (November 30, 2007)

whoops, i meant "wasn't," don't get me wrong though! i'm just comparing to D,Oh's other stuff.

i-hate-winnipeg (November 30, 2007)

absolutely amazing. the Great Depression had some fucking awesome songs on it, but as a whole it was that great.. better than a lot of things though! The Fear, The Fear, The Fear is their best so far, though.

marcusd (March 22, 2007)

I've had a bad day. just listened to jawbreaker...

JTravolta (June 8, 2006)

This album sucks. The Great Depression is awesome but this is boring as hell.

RiseAbove (May 4, 2006)

Amazing band, amazing album, amazing group of people. These guys put a lot of heart into the songs and live proformances. If you haven't listened to anything by this band yet, go to their website and download some tracks, then buy their releases.

RiseAbove (May 4, 2006)

Amazing band, amazing album, amazing group of people. These guys put a lot of heart into the songs and live proformances. If you haven't listened to anything by this band yet, go to their website and download some tracks, then buy their releases.

Anonymous (April 17, 2006)

Pretty funny that nobody used to give a shit about these guys or This Bike is a Pipe Bomb back before Against Me sold out (the first or second time, maybe).

Defiance Ohio had only played one show and hadnt recorded anything before AM! announced their signing to Fat.

Anonymous (April 13, 2006)

Defiance, Ohio is about one thing, passion. i wish half the punk bands out there had the heart that Defiance, Ohio has. Untouchable album and an amazing live show.

Sluggo (February 18, 2006)

This is horrible. "Share What Ya Got" is a great album and this reviewer doesn't seem to even know it well enough to review it. "Kathleen" and "Drinking Song" are the two best songs? Are you kidding? Is what you meant to say, "Kathleen and Drinking Song are the two songs when the vocalist sounds the most like Tom Gabel and hence my favorite songs?" The lyrics on this album are brilliant and I can't stand to see such a shoddy review that basically says "Yea, Defiance, OH sound kind of like Against Me!. They're pretty good."
I'm rambling 'cause I'm upset.

Ha, but he did still give it a 7. Somehow his words don't seem to match up to that number. If I wrote a review that read with that level of excitement, I think it would be about a 5/10 album.

Benjasauruss (February 17, 2006)

The members of the band all used to live in Ohio. "Even Columbus looks better on the backseat of a bike..."

Anonymous (February 17, 2006)

Chad's Favorite song is my favorite song.

This album is great if your driving, and chilling, but could also do if your sort of pissed off. The lyrics are smart, and the best part of this band is they seem to just be regular guys who can barely sing, but thats part of their element. Awesome album.

Anonymous (February 13, 2006)

saw them at a middle of nowhere connecticut vfw hall and it was awesome.

Anonymous (February 13, 2006)

Friends and Relatives released the vinyl version.

Anonymous (February 13, 2006)

This CD will change your life!

GUARENTEED!!!!

1,000,000 stars.

xote (February 12, 2006)

This band added a violin player... I remeber hearing them like 2 years ago maybe 3 and kinda digging it but not loving it maybe theyve got it now.

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

Pretty funny that nobody used to give a shit about these guys or This Bike is a Pipe Bomb back before Against Me sold out (the first or second time, maybe).

Okay live show. Kinda boring.

-Will

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

I though Share What Ya Got was released on Friends & Relatives.

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

I Abosolutely love this album, yes I do own it. It hasn't left the cd played in my car in about a month. These guys really need to play in New Jersey though. I'm also really looking forward to The Great Depression.

Defiance, Ohio > Against Me!

braileatsshit (February 12, 2006)

anyone that takes anarchy seriously is just wasting their fucking time

oh? why?

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

these guys just wanna be against me....and what old against me fans now cling to until these bastards do the same thing against me did to them in the first place...anyone that takes anarchy seriously is just wasting their fucking time

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

Your probably should not shorten their name to Defiance, as that can be confusing due to the existence of a street punk band with that name

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

Selloutz!

ZDP (February 12, 2006)

Haha, I didn't say you were. I was just stating that I think it's really annoying that this show is going to go to all hours of the night, on a night when a lot of people probably won't want to/be able to stick around.

To stay on topic: This cd is awesome. I think I like their Gorilla Biscuits cover better than the actual version.

bjr (February 12, 2006)

(eric) zdp man...im not hatin on forest fire...you and frankl project are the two bands who dont really play ska i put in ""

Dante3000 (February 12, 2006)

Not a bad review but it was a little heavy on the story and a little light on the actual content of the album. However, since their music is avalible for free I suppose one shouldn't need much persuading.
-Dante

GreatStoryOfApathy (February 12, 2006)

I got this off their web site when I read the post talked about in the review. I really like it. There are a lot of amazing tracks, some good, and only one or two bad ones. It's definitely something out of the ordinary too. Good review.

harry_the_dentist (February 12, 2006)

Just got this in the mail from No Idea yesterday. Listened to it twice so far. I think it is going to get a lot of play. Good Cd.

ZDP (February 12, 2006)

I'm playing at that show you mention in the first paragraph, and I agree that it's a bit rediculous to put 5 other bands besides D,OH on the bill. It was originally just supposed to be 4 bands total, including D, OH, but the promoter just threw two more on like last week. I hope D,OH gets to play sometime in the middle of the night, so people will actually get to stick around and see how awesome they are.

cherrycolarain (February 12, 2006)

The Cover art reminds me of Millencolin.

In other news, I'll check this out.

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