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Streetlight Manifesto

Streetlight Manifesto: Keasbey NightsKeasbey Nights (2006)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: BrynoBryno
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As I open the album booklet to the first page, I can't help but notice the inside disclaimer: "There is absolutely no way of explaining the existence of the record you now hold in your hands without somehow offending, infuriating, confusing or alienating certain parties, so we won't even try. Please.
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As I open the album booklet to the first page, I can't help but notice the inside disclaimer: "There is absolutely no way of explaining the existence of the record you now hold in your hands without somehow offending, infuriating, confusing or alienating certain parties, so we won't even try. Please enjoy this for what it is."

"What is it?," you might ask. It is a complete re-recording of Catch 22's 1998 album of the same name. Originally, the album brought a breath of fresh air with its rough-edged, raw stylings to a scene that was viewed as stale and played out. With its success it brought Catch 22 national recognition and placed them among punk/ska's elite. However, this is 2006 and the question is: Why was this done in the first place, and more importantly, is it worth buying?

Though it can be debated whether or not Catch 22's breakout success and notariety was due to frontman Tomas Kalnoky's unique vocal stylings or the band's musicianship, there is no debate that Kalnoky wrote the words and music to Keasbey Nights. Having parted ways with Catch 22, Kalnoky started Streetlight Manifesto, a becon of light to long-time fans who missed the live intensity and fun of Keasbey-era Catch 22. It seems that evidence as to why this was released can be found at the album's close during the end of "1234 1234." The shoutouts from the original version have been replaced with a weird computer-generated voice talking about the album. It doesn't take too much effort to realize who is being talked about. It is inferred that Keasbey Nights would be re-released untouched sonically, including simply new artwork and other insignificant add-ons.

Upon playing the disc for the first time, the familiar opening of "Dear Sergio" rings through clearer and sharper than ever. It takes only moments to notice a great difference in production quality from the brilliant sound of the Streetlight horn section. The songs sound much tighter without losing the "rough-edged" sound of the original. Kalnoky's trademark growl is back, only with better annunciation, thankfully allowing for dicernable lyrics this time around.

As far as differences go, they arrive in subtle changes that fans of the original as well as Keasbey "virgins" will enjoy, from an extended verse on "Dear Sergio" to brilliant tempo and rythm section changes on "Riding the Fourth Wave," to a much more impressive horn sound that showcases Streetlight's abilities with dynamic and stylistic flare that was vacant from the original.

In closing, the emphasis is definitely on the music, which is apparent by the sparse artwork and simple, typewritten lyrics. Without question, this is the version to pick up if it is not already part of your collection. For those wishing to remenisce and party like it's 1998, this album is worth picking up. Like its original release, this album breathes fresh air for those looking for refuge from the humdrum predictability of the pop-punk landscape.

 

 
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mfd4shizzle (July 15, 2008)

i got to say when i first herd this album i thought it was prity cool that they remade it seeing that at that time the catch 22 version was my favorite ska album but i have to say they should have just left the origanal allone that was the past, what they should have done if focused more on puting out more albums like "every thing went numb" and "somewere in between" which are both pure genius. streetlight is fucking amazing and i look forward to what they put out in the future

SumWon (July 16, 2007)

First off, I'll admit that I have never heard Catch 22's original. Somehow they avoided my (apparently lo-fi) radar. Anyways, in prep for the RBF, LTJ, SM, & AAA tour, I decided to buy a SM album, and this one was the cheapest so I went for it. Screw the controversy, I'm new to this album and I think it's great. And if the interview at the end is true, I dont see what the big deal is about rerecording it anyways. Victory was gonna rerelease the album and Tomas said 'well then we'll rerecord it.' Obviously, it was done to attract new fans (like me), and it's easily the best ska album I've pick it up pick it up'd in years.

twotone232 (February 4, 2007)

im not gonna lie, i wasnt too excited about this album when it first came out. and when i listened to it for the first time i wasnt all that impressed. but then the suttle differences hit me, that extra verse in "Dear Sergio" blew me away, and "Keasbey Nights" sounds exactly as it should. the only thing i really have a problem with on this cd are "1234 1234" - they didnt seem to do a great job on it, its still a good song but w/e.

punckass (November 7, 2006)

this album fuckin rocks. ok ive not heard the original but i'm not exactly new to third wave either. take this album at face value and u'll fuckin love it.

readmag (May 19, 2006)

Whichever side you take in the Catch 22/Streetlight Manifesto girlfight, you have to admit this is lame of Streetlight, and lame of Victory to think people would buy the same album twice. The whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth and spoils the album for me. But then again, at least it's not another shitty Victory emo album.

kill_fftl (May 10, 2006)

ok streetlight manifesto is fucking insane but why why why the fuck on eaaarth would u remake all these songs its so fucking gay

Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

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u suck a lot

Mr_Streetcore (May 2, 2006)

this is the only 'ska band' that the lame victory records has to offer. this band is one of those poor excuses for ska if you want to hear proper ska listen to some jamaican ska such as prince buster or the skatalites. and as for record labels, 2 tone records or trojan records would be the best ska labels i can advise for ska music. fuck streelight manifesto & fuck victory records they're wankers

Anonymous (April 14, 2006)

What amazes me most about this release is how everyone keeps talking about 'improved production.' It's funny that punk is supposed to be about being independent and thinking for oneself and then something like this happens. What is this, Orwell's 1984? Wake up people! Don't just repeat what everyone else keeps saying, and use your EARS! Tomas is the guy who started saying the production is better, and now that's what everyone else says about the record. He's full of shit. The production on this record is bad. The horns sound like they're playing inside of a shoebox. The mix digitally clips constantly, is harsh, and all of the life has been sucked out of the performances in this wasteful pursuit. I could go on, but don't take my word for itl Listen for youself with your ears open. Stop believing the hype.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

holy shit theres a secret track?!?

i may be an idiot for falling for a prank but where is it?!?!

Anonymous (April 5, 2006)

This CD Reps 100% New Jersey SKA/CORE from the orginator himself and NJ native "Tomas Kalnoky".

This is NJ, East Coast Ska/Core, and Kalnoky introduced it's style to the world.

For the era of Keasbey Nights fans we appreciate the album and understand through the years of all the ups and downs and the progress of Catch 22 and Streetlight Manifesto & where you "Kalnoky" are coming from.

As for Kalnoky he could do whatever the hell he damn well pleases, a Man in his shoes has earned the right to be well respected.

Great CD, by A great band.

Anonymous (March 30, 2006)

I just stumbled across a streetlight manifesto cd on my girlfriends dresser as we were making out. I asked if I could borrow it and it totally kicked all the other bands in the worlds asses. I have no idea what all this shit about Tomas is but I like the music and I'd like to be clued in. Since I am a new fan I dont have an opinion on all this but both bands are good so I'll buy the cd anyway.

rylo6 (March 30, 2006)

I've gotta get this cd, streetlight rules so this cd has to be good. lead singer dude is best signer ever. no question.

Anonymous (March 26, 2006)

wtf streetlight your first album rocked this sucked. You ruined some great catch22 songs

Anonymous (March 24, 2006)

i would just like to say how much these guys KICK ASS, AND TAKING NAMES, AND OWNING SKA i love you

from kara

Anonymous (March 23, 2006)

Streetlight Rules, and proved it with this album

Anonymous (March 17, 2006)

There are 2 secret tracks...look hard.

shoebox in my closet and better than you.

have fun trying to find them.

Anonymous (March 16, 2006)

I was expecting a lot more new.

This album lacks the energy that the C22 release did. I'm pretty disappointed.

It's definately tighter, produced, and mixed better. But that original energy is missing, and that's really important to me. But that's what you get for re-releasing songs you've been singing for eight years.

I'll be thrilled to see them performed live however. That could redeem this for me.

rhynomcgrath (March 15, 2006)

i don't hate them for doing it. i just think it was unessisary. i love the first one. as far as a follow up to it, in my book it was SM who did that. catch 22 became a different band with a different sound after that record. i don't hate catch22, i have all of thier records, they're just a different band now.

Anonymous (March 15, 2006)

Lolocaust to some of the reviews down below.

Shit hot album that gives the songs the justice they deserve it.

Anonymous (March 13, 2006)

i bought this

Anonymous (March 13, 2006)

i am pretty much in the same boat as wyzo. and it seems like people have a genuine anger/problem with people like us, which is mind boggling

BlaquacadetZstyles (March 13, 2006)

Maybe Kalnok is just looking for cash. Maybe he isn't. Who gives a shit. It's not like he lied about what this album is. It's a new take on an old album, and I'm pretty happy with the end-result.

Anonymous (March 13, 2006)

i like this one. dont really like catch 22, and this record passed by me when they put it out. maybe its the re-recording, or that streetlight made more of an impression on me, but i like this version.

wyzo

Anonymous (March 13, 2006)

And a band with little money or recording materials (hence thier being robbed) money is greedy as much as trying to make a living.

Anonymous (March 13, 2006)

Its supply and demand retard, if noone buys the cd he doesnt gain a profit, and seeing as the outlook is negative so far, it doesnt seem lke that will happen. Kinda simple really.

GreenVandal (March 12, 2006)

"You all call them cash cows but your not buying thier cd... thus they arent making so much "cash"... also did anyone forget A) he made the songs B) They got robbed how many times? A little money could do them well, i know more than half the people who call them sellouts are infact rich kids who live in the suburbs securely under the roof of there parents, quit your bitchin."

How does anything you just said prove anyone wrong? I could go point by point talking about how stupid each aspect of your argument is but, instead, I will just say you are one dumb motherfucker and move on.

Thanks for making this overproduced piece of garbage Tomas!

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

I really never liked the original Keasby Nights because I thought the sound quality was so poor. I love the new version. Props to the band for making this album sound 100 times better than the original.

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

You all call them cash cows but your not buying thier cd... thus they arent making so much "cash"... also did anyone forget A) he made the songs B) They got robbed how many times? A little money could do them well, i know more than half the people who call them sellouts are infact rich kids who live in the suburbs securely under the roof of there parents, quit your bitchin.

LifeoftheParty (March 12, 2006)

i like this cd.

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

"Its like Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros releasing London Calling..."

I think Joe Strummer could of done what he wanted, he earned the right.

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

"Your all idiots. The only thing worse than your opinions on music is your grammar."

The irony slays me, it should be "You're all idiots".

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

As buddyhead would say, this is like two retards fighting over a broken toy.

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

Cash cows

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

And there has been no Catch 22 worth listening to after Alone In A Crowd, except maybe Lamont's Lament

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

First off I think that the musicianship is better. The horn section on the SM version seems far more talented than the Keasbey-era C22 one. But I will agree that Tomas' vocals leave something to be desired. I think he lost that sneer he had on the first release. With that said, for some reason I like the Kristina... on this album better than the original.

And also, on the "Tomas is being a dick to Catch 22" issue, this is a douche baggy move, but if I left a band, had to be replaced by not one, but TWO guys who still don't add up to the talent I brought to the band and then they murder the music I wrote by speeding it up three times as fast, and just fucking it up on all fronts, I would be inclined to show them what's what. It's a total egotistical move but I can't say I completely disagree with him.

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

Your all idiots. The only thing worse than your opinions on music is your grammar. SLM re-released this album because they wanted to, don't question it. If the sticker and note on the front of the CD as well as the note on the back of the CD did not clue you into the fact that it is the same exact thing as the original 1998 Keasbey Nights with no new music, then you are truly an idiot (However there is a few changes to Dear Sergio, musical changes on every song, more clarity in the lyrics, and a few changes to words in every song, making the SLM version of Keasbey Nights one heck of a lot better than the Catch 22 version). Anyways, they announced at all there shows that they will be coming out with another album in a few months.

Quit your bitching and start skanking. It's good ska, that's all that matters.

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

"Its like Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros releasing London Calling..."

Exactly... What a douche Tomas is. I'm looking foward to the new Catch record.

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

And i want more BOTAR

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

To all those who belive tomas doesnt have aproblem with catch 22 and victory instead,or just dont know why he hates catch 22 listen to a moment of silence off of thier first album. "If you hate me so much then stop singing my songs." As for the CD, one of the best ska albums just got alittle better, worth the buy if you odnt have the original, but otherwise not much of a differnce.

GreatStoryOfApathy (March 12, 2006)

I just realized something. To the people giving this band shit for "only trying to get money with the cd", or for criticizing them for paying for it with their own money, shut up. This band was robbed...twice. If they chose to make money, then give them a break, and if they paid for it with their own money, then show some damn respect for a band that lost a lot and continues to lose a lot for the music they want to make.

I was upset about the lack of new material too, but this is a band that cares very much about the music they make so just respect it. Tomas made the music on this cd, and if he wanted to do it the way he felt was right then more power to him for not being pressured by others or message boards.

SuperRad (March 12, 2006)

Billboard 200:

1. Ne-Yo
2. High School Musical
3. Hawthorne Heights

...classic.

SuperRad (March 12, 2006)

Will,

I'm pretty sure EvilDead was talking about shirts that were already made. He's asking if you can buy those from anywhere or from anyone. Also, where do you get custom decals made? Forgive me but that's the worst advice I've ever heard.

CoD (March 12, 2006)

ha ha

ska fans got owned.

Shut the fuck up.

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

ha ha

ska fans got owned.

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

Get a custom-made decalc (sp?) and iron it on yourself. There's no such thing as an "American Nightmare brand" anyway: all band shirts are made by companies such as Fruit of the Loom or Artimonde.

-Will

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

Does anyone know if it is possible at all to still buy American Nightmare t-shirts at all? Like from them, or anywhere? I'm sure they didn't just burn them all when they had to change their name... (Sorry to change the subject off of Streetlight, but we were talking about mailorder...)

Haven't heard this yet, but I kinda want to. Not gonna spend any money on it though as I am sure just having one version is more than enough.

...evildeadalive

david_arquette (March 11, 2006)

My stuff from No Idea came.

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

Victory sucks, Catch 22 sucks, the Bigwig review probably sucked too.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

Fake Ska, Victory Sucks at everything, what a bunch of assholes.

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

isn't it common knowledge by now that the contracts that victory bands royally screw the bands over? even if the band breaks up, their subsequent new bands are still obligated to put their release out on victory

tylerdurden8136 (March 11, 2006)

How can this CD score a 9? It's the EXACT same as the Catch 22 version except for the one song has some slightly different vocals.

I'm a fan of Streetlight Manifesto but for those of us who wanted something new, this is a slap in the face. If you own the Catch 22 version don't bother with this one.

my thoughts EXACTLY.

Dante3000 (March 11, 2006)

First, thanks to people finally addressing the "why is Tomas pissed" issue. Not sure if that's a complete picture but it helps.
Second, there is a chance that he stayed with Victory (despite not liking them) due to a contract.
I read something the other day (I don't know how offical it was) but it mentioned that Hawthorne Heights basically had an iron clad contract that didn't even have a buy out clause.
Tony seems quite interested in keeping his bands interests tied in with his.
-Dante

skaboom (March 11, 2006)

Tomas played guitar in C22 as well. When he left, they replaced him with a guitarist and a singer, but he handled both duties in both bands.

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

why would tomas then go back to victory records?

opened_ground (March 11, 2006)

he quit the band because he didn't like touring and then the rest of the band shit talked him in an interview.

Godfather (March 11, 2006)

dante, i think the "beef" was more between tomas and victory....not catch 22....i could be completely wrong there, but i just felt like someone should finally acknowledge your question

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

i'd have to say that the album is over all good and the horn section got alot more creative...but i suppose the whole reason behind this album was to spite catch 22 which doesn't seem like a valid motive to me....although i enjoy these songs and the recording is better, the songs go slower imean seriously...i'm pretty sure kalnoky didn't have to play guitar too in catch 22 so now he has to play and sing and that's hard so he couldn't get the speed....but seriously i really wish that he could have done something new because i know he's got it in him....i just about jizzed myself though on the new trombone solo in "kristina she don't know i exist"

Dante3000 (March 11, 2006)

Really, seriously, honestly, what the fuck happened between Tomas and Catch-22? Did they all like tie him up and gang bang his girl while making illegal charges on his credit card? Because that would warrant some spite.

In other news: I got my No Idea package. I'm slightly bitter because I placed my order on Feb. 16 and the postmark was March 1. However, it was cheap, everything is in great shape and It's all killer music. I'd probably order from them again...and probably will do it soon.
Probably just a busy time for No Idea, give them some time.
-Dante

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

If my estranged old bandmates wanted to piss me off, and spent upwards of $20,000 re-recording some old record we did years ago and put it out under their own name....I think I'd just laugh my ass off. What a waste of time/resources.

-Ken

opened_ground (March 11, 2006)

"Also, No Idea sucks. Seriously, how long does it take to send three cd's? Maybe next time I'll fork up the extra so they don't send it by horse."

If this were the case, I think I'd be more inclined to get my records from No Idea! Then everytime i was listening to the cds I'd be like, "yea dude, this was shipped via pony express and it only took two weeks to get here from Florida!!!! One day, this kind of exchange will be a billion dollar industry!"

mikeinflames (March 11, 2006)

this is a huge disappointment
tomas really should have just spent his time recording a new album rather than this
the vocals just sound akward and it doesn't have the punch/energy that the original catch 22 release had
tomas is an amazing song writter but he seriously needs to drop this how high school drama oh they fucked me over shit
blah
does anyone really care about the drama between him and catch 22?
are any of the guys he was beef with even still in catch 22?
that shit happened almost 10 years ago
drop it ... move on
stop wasting our time with this medicore release

Godfather (March 11, 2006)

email matt:
matt@noidearecords.com

if there was a problem, it's probably because they didnt have something in stock and they're trying to get it for you

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

no idea ships very well. yopu must have paid for shit shipping.

i've ordered like... $200-300 of stuff at one time and got it in less than 2 weeks to canada.

lou (March 11, 2006)

i listened to this for the first time today. it's not bad. but it's not like the first time i listened to keasby nights. but i'm not the same kid i was in 1998. i think i could appreciate it though if given a few listens.

harry_the_dentist (March 11, 2006)

"Also, No Idea sucks. Seriously, how long does it take to send three cd's? Maybe next time I'll fork up the extra so they don't send it by horse."

I've never had a problem with No Idea. Just ordered from them a month or so ago. Over $75 worth of stuff got it in under a week.

GreatStoryOfApathy (March 11, 2006)

Agree with the reviewers or not...but two consecutive Victory releases with 9 stars is unbelievable.

david_arquette (March 11, 2006)

"Also, No Idea sucks. Seriously, how long does it take to send three cd's? Maybe next time I'll fork up the extra so they don't send it by horse."

Yeah dude. I've been waiting over a month for three fucking CDs. Interpunk would have had that out to me in three days for an extra 5 bucks.

fritobandito (March 11, 2006)

I didn't like this at all.

I thought Streetlight, infinitely better in every way than Catch-22 ever was, would kick the SHIT outta this album, but it came across as a "get out of a 2 record deal with Victory so we can get off this shitty label" album more than anything.

The original is better. Which is odd for me to say, since I like Streetlight way, WAY more...

SuperRad (March 11, 2006)

Ummm, I can't get into this band.

Also, No Idea sucks. Seriously, how long does it take to send three cd's? Maybe next time I'll fork up the extra so they don't send it by horse.

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

This band sucks, I was severly disappointed with the corny sounds of Everything Goes Numb... not the kind of ska I want in my collection at all... think a used store would buy it?

-Not-To-Regret

AcidPolice (March 10, 2006)

Here, i'll give a bigwig review.

4 year wait and all we get is another mediocre and boring BigWig album.

That is all.

davebrave4 (March 10, 2006)

Alright. They had a Bigwig review. But it was a joke. He just copied an old Bigwig review and changed the name. So they pulled it. Now quit bitching.

david_arquette (March 10, 2006)

This album sounds like complete shit quality-wise. Also, the original Keasbey Nights was some kids playing music they really felt and meant, and that's what made it so brilliant. This is Tomas Kalnoky trying to secure his legacy (which he failed miserably at doing) and feed his ego. No feeling, and this is a fucking sham.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Exactly the same as the original. Better shittyness but not nearly as much......more shittyness.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

WHERE'S THE FUCKING BIGWIG REVIEW?!?

-Will

Scruffy (March 10, 2006)

Man, I don't own the original, but I found this used the other day.
I guess that makes me odd man out.

BTown (March 10, 2006)

1. So will Catch 22 be playing these songs?
2. Why are they all still on Victory?
3. Who eats corn anymore?

Godfather (March 10, 2006)

Exactly the same as the original. Better musicianship but not nearly as much heart.

i totally agree

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

You'd think this would turn out better than the original.

Sadly, it does not.

A waste of time and unless you're someone who likes to own two copies of an album, a waste of your money.

branden (March 10, 2006)

dudes with the bigwig review, thats a pretty funny situation

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Exactly the same as the original. Better musicianship but not nearly as much heart.

I agree with Vaquero. It's a nice, polished sentiment that SM did for a good album such as Keasbey Nights. But it doesn't feel like the passion is there. Maybe they just wanted the rest of Catch 22 to know who really came up with the album...who's to say?

For SM fans and kids that can't find the original.

Ramo

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

So do you think this pisses off Catch-22?

andburntherest (March 10, 2006)

I'm getting kind of hungry...I could really go for a bigwig review and a side of fries right now...sigh.

jamespastepunk (March 10, 2006)

It's a re-release with different artwork, new versions of songs and better sound quality.

I like it.

ElVaquero (March 10, 2006)

How does one measure an abstract concept such as 'heart'?

That's what separates us from machines.
: )

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

What a fucking stupid idea for a CD. I'm kind of amazed this actually was released seeing its such an awful, terrible, stupid idea. Gah

at_the_drive_in_21 (March 10, 2006)

"Exactly the same as the original. Better musicianship but not nearly as much heart."

How does one measure an abstract concept such as 'heart'?

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

also cocks

ElVaquero (March 10, 2006)

Exactly the same as the original. Better musicianship but not nearly as much heart.

thirtyseconds (March 10, 2006)

Ha ha. Maybe 3rd time lucky on Tuesday

kirbypuckett (March 10, 2006)

Rest in piece review number 5095, you will always be remembered.

- Kirby

kirbypuckett (March 10, 2006)

wait, why was the bigwig review pulled?

I'm assuming it was removed because it was exactly the same as Sickboi's review for Invitation...

- Kirby

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

wait, why was the bigwig review pulled?

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

"hmmm. how bout no? this new version sucks in comparison to catch 22's...if you think otherwise, then you're wrong."

godfather

actually, you're wrong

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Clearly, the comments on the Bigwig section were hitting close to home.

They should just post Paul's take on the Bigwig album as the review and repost the threads from the previous reviews.

That said, this ordeal is actually getting pretty damn funny.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

www.wheresthebigwigreview.com

Crookedsuperhero (March 10, 2006)

"hmmm. how bout no? this new version sucks in comparison to catch 22's...if you think otherwise, then you're wrong."

It's pretty much the same. If you don't like it now, maybe you can just see it for the fairly run of the mill ska-punk album it is.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

hey, there was a bigwig review up here just hours ago.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Godfather... what a douche.

Anyways, what the hell happened to the Bigwig review!

Godfather (March 10, 2006)

as a new listener of this band, i really enjoy this cd./ most of you people are acting like bitter old grandpas. i bet you guys had to walk ten miles in the snow before you could listen to the original release of this too huh?

hmmm. how bout no? this new version sucks in comparison to catch 22's...if you think otherwise, then you're wrong.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Yes, Tomas "was" Catch22. He wrote all the songs on the first record and from what I remember, even got a "concept created by" recognition in the liner notes. Because of this, I'm sure he's making 2 paychecks now for the same songs, and he probably deserves it. Regardless, the ska scene is pretty small, and it seems petty to me to not even give some of the original musicians/band some sort of thanks. Did he really write every note of every song on KN himself and just tells the rest of the guys to play exactly what's given to them? To me EWN was better than 90% of the materian c22 wrote after Tomas left, does he still hold some sort of resentment towards those guys years later?

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

as a new listener of this band, i really enjoy this cd./ most of you people are acting like bitter old grandpas. i bet you guys had to walk ten miles in the snow before you could listen to the original release of this too huh?

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

There never will be a Bigwig review!!!

sickboi (March 10, 2006)

Tomas WAS Catch 22. The idea that they are going on without him under the same name is fucking ridiculous.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Did anyone else pick up this release and notice that the words "catch 22" appear nowhere at all on the album, cover, siticker, or even the liner notes? Wouldn't it be in everybody's (victory, sm, c22) best interest to get people to check out both bands, especially people just getting into the scene and might not know too much about c22? Am I the only one that kind of looks at this as Tomas just being a petty prick?

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

streetlight manifesto needed about two years to record this exact copy of keasbey nights?man, thats fucking lame. i really hope that new stuff's coming soon

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

wheres the bigwig review

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

no matter how well they did it, it's just a stupid fucking idea and pisses me off

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

They try justifying it by saying they used their own money for this. DIY in the punk industry? Holy fuck who would have thought?

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Streetlight is still planning on releasing new stuff this year. This just isn't it.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Yeah, yeah, we get it...it'll piss people off. Music=better, vocals=meh...The feel of how this record should sound (punky and fun loving) was definitely lost in translation.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

This recording is soooooo much better than the original. The first Kalnoky-written/sang I heard was EGN, and to this day I treat it like the best ska ever recorded. But that's just IMO, so don't flame. Then I heard A Call To Arms by his it's-not-a-band-it's-a-project BOTAR. That was also amazing. And then I thought "What's all this buzz about Keasbey Nights, it must be somewhat close to as good if so many people talk about it". So I checked it out. And I was very disappointed. They were great songs. But they were so badly performed that I couldn't listen to it. Maybe I was tainted by SM, but it just didn't sound....good. From the recording on 1234 1234 it sounds like Kalnoky was slightly embarrassed about the bad quality of C22's KN, so he made it better before Victory rereleased the crappy one. And I think that's great; I like the new KN. But I'm sure some of you are pissed off by it.

And that,

in the end...

: p

I know, that was cheesy, but I couldn't help it. It was so perfect.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

How can this CD score a 9? It's the EXACT same as the Catch 22 version except for the one song has some slightly different vocals.

I'm a fan of Streetlight Manifesto but for those of us who wanted something new, this is a slap in the face. If you own the Catch 22 version don't bother with this one.

Dante3000 (March 10, 2006)

I'm still waiting to see if someone can explain why Tomas seems so resentful of his old band.
Anyone? Something?
-Dante

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Better yet, how about you can only review an ablum if you hate the band?

Anchors (March 10, 2006)

Surprise, Crooky has his panties in a bunch!

Crookedsuperhero (March 10, 2006)

Not even a fucking 7 to being with.

Why not wait till a non-fanboy submits a review Brian?

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Heres the deal...All of you people are gullible bitches...You think for a second tomas recorded these songs because he wants them to sound better or he was afarid that victory had the idea of re-releasing this record? WRONG...Tomas wrote the lyrics and the melodies but Catch 22 wrote the music. AS A COLLECTION! Tomas was smart...Tomas he made it look like he wrote EVERYTHING so now everyone on his dick about how great he is...Blah blah blah. There is a thing called technical royalties. As long has there is a record sold, he makes money regardless to how much c22 owes the victory. NOW...Everyone running out buy SM terrible remake of a classic record he gets...2 checks plus the SM royalty check. Isnt it funny how c22 toured there asses off for 10 years now and after they made countless trips around the US and Europe and Canada that Tomas decised to start a new ska band and now re-release a record that is 9 years old...COME ON...Write a new record...lets start 2 bands and just release the same fucking music from all 3 bands...LAME. Tomas has no credability in my book. Bullshit release. Its like Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros releasing London Calling...DISGRACE. 97 is over...Grow up Tomas...

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Does this have the slow version of Kristina or the fast punk one?

-Forbidden Donuts

darkstarm (March 10, 2006)

I want sample tracks.

fox82 (March 10, 2006)

I really don't see a point in this record to be honest. Sure, Catch-22 were a fucking wicked band in their time (Keasby Nights was a good record), but so what? Surely everyone has moved on to other things since that record, right? Why live in the "glory" of the past when you can live the present and/or future?

They didn't really change much with the most noticable changes being in the horn arrangements and a slightly more polished sound. Other than that, it's the same as the Catch-22 version. The drums still sound shit.

Godfather (March 10, 2006)

no

kirbypuckett (March 10, 2006)

This is amazing.

- Kirby

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

waste of time listening to the piece of trash.

this band is a joke.

-sirens

skaboom (March 10, 2006)

Yep. The bass is crazy, especially on the faster songs. It makes me a happy ska geek.

ryanbolger (March 10, 2006)

is there still rampant use of a fretless bass?

davebrave4 (March 10, 2006)

Yeah I think this is a pretty cool idea. And I don't see why the singer shouldn't do this; if he wrote the original for the most part, he should be able to do what he likes with it as long as he's not exploiting his old band.

If I didn't have to support Victory by doing so, I'd buy it.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

What a bunch of bitches. Treat it like a reissue. Instead of just letting Victory be, well, Victory and reissue a still in print album with absolutely nothing different except for new artwork, Kalnoky and co. used their own money to redo the entire thing and make it sound better. It's not the new music we've been waiting for, but it earns huge respect from me regardless. They all sound like professional musicians playing great songs, instead of a high school band playing great songs.

The only complaint I have is with As The Footsteps...that was the only one that lost some of its intensity with better production values. Beyond that, everything about this album is top notch, hopefully it will win over some of people who missed it the first time around.

sickboi (March 10, 2006)

The vocals sound forced and stale. The music, however, is very crisp and polished, but from a very "rehearsed" sense.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

What a lame lame idea.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

I like this. But it is no way near a 9. I'd give it at most 7.

fallingupwards84 (March 10, 2006)

the horns on this album are a kazillion times better than the original

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

I still cannot see the reason behind this rerecording - and the production sucks big time!

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

fuck this stupid release.
Catch 22 KN>>>>EGN

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

sell-outs

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

If this was a rerelease, I think I could enjoy this better. But, its not. These songs have lost thier sincerity, and now they just seem phony to me. SM's first cd is great, and I think this is a really shitty 2nd effort.

steveman (March 10, 2006)

Thank god for this band.

dougkatz (March 10, 2006)

if you don't already have the original cd and are thinking about getting this, buy the original

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

keasby nights is one of the best albums i own.

and i really don't like ska.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

"So the singer of Catch 22 re-recorded an old C22 album with his name band, Streetlight Manifesto? That's pretty interesting"

he wrote the songs music and lyrics. victory wanted to re-release the album and maybe just remaster it, so he just wanted to rerecord it instead so it would sound how he always wanted it to sound...or something

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Albums like this are exactly why it's impossible to write off Victory. They can sign a half dozen screamo bands, but then they put this out, and Darkest Hour, and Comeback Kid, and With Honor...

danperrone (March 10, 2006)

to branden, jump off my shit - not sure what your problem is

and like you stated, that wasn't me giving that a 10, and also, shit was three years ago

etwiels88 (March 10, 2006)

So the singer of Catch 22 re-recorded an old C22 album with his name band, Streetlight Manifesto? That's pretty interesting

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

Somebody post the line-up for this record, please.

Who recorded what?

wannabepunktony (March 10, 2006)

I didn't know what to expect, but now this review makes me want it real bad.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

shitty, shitty reviews....

Medley (March 10, 2006)

I haven't listened to this album but I know I would certainly rather have a Streetlight Manifesto album of new material. Maybe if I saw this album dirt cheap or used I'd buy it, but until then I'll listen to the Catch-22 Keasby Nights. Tom wrote that and sang it too so as far as I'm concerned that's a Streetlight Manifesto album as well.

opened_ground (March 10, 2006)

rerecording an album is a pretty cool concept as long as the band isn't living in the past (which SM are not because their current material is on par with Catch22). Listen to it if you want. If you're a purist, then don't bother.

SalsaShark (March 10, 2006)

I definitely wouldn't buy this, even though I love Streetlight. Good band, a nice idea I guess, but it doesn't seem really worth the money, sadly.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

i think people are too hung up on the fact that its not new streetlight manifesto. i think that if victory just remastered keesbey with this packaging, people wouldnt be annoyed/whatever by it, but would just think "there goes victory re-releasing more cds"

if you look at it like any other re-release its great imo

inagreendase (March 10, 2006)

I really don't know how to feel about this. It's good. It's recorded well. Listened to through the right speakers, I guess it sounds better. I'll keep the copy I was sent, but I don't think I'd buy this if put in the situation.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

"a 9? OH COME ON"

i think you meant to post this in the razbari something review...cause that definately is no 9

branden (March 10, 2006)

danperrone, you and your friend gave shadows fall a 10

blahblahblah, let him think what he wants about his music

Dante3000 (March 10, 2006)

So can someone explain what happened between Tom and Catch-22?
So he used to write all the music and now he seems quite bitter at them.
Lots of people leave bands for various reasons. Not all of them seem to carry life long gruges or have chips on their shoulders.
Why does he seem so resentful?
-Dante

danperrone (March 10, 2006)

a 9? OH COME ON

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

if you dont already have the catch 22 version, buy this now

colin (March 10, 2006)

sorry, but this sucks in comparison to the original. the feeling, the almost urgency of fun i guess... it's all lost in some overpolished, light-hearted and dulled out nightmare.

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