Riverboat Gamblers - To the Confusion of Our Enemies (Cover Artwork)

Riverboat Gamblers

Riverboat Gamblers: To the Confusion of Our EnemiesTo the Confusion of Our Enemies (2006)
Volcom Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: ScruffyScruffy
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So, the Riverboat Gamblers, eh? This band seems to be one of the "it" bands of the underground this year after their performance at SXSW. And, with one listen of To the Confusion of Our Enemies, it's easy to see why, even if you disagree. The Gamblers are most obviously the kind of band that you'.
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So, the Riverboat Gamblers, eh? This band seems to be one of the "it" bands of the underground this year after their performance at SXSW. And, with one listen of To the Confusion of Our Enemies, it's easy to see why, even if you disagree.

The Gamblers are most obviously the kind of band that you've got to see live to really enjoy. The CD is good, but all I can think of while listening to it is how much fun it would be live. And that's the word I'd use to sum up this whole album: fun. Sonically, it seems to meld the kind of punk that's championed here at the 'Org (the Lawrence Arms, the Loved Ones, Strike Anywhere, Bouncing Souls) and the kind of rock that garage-rock revivalist bands like the Strokes were trying to play. Also, I must say, they take a lot of influence from David Bowie. If you like Bowie, that's a good thing, and, if you don't like him, it's still a good thing. Seriously. I don't like Bowie that much, but I find myself really enjoying the places on here where they rip him off.

There are some really interesting moments here musically, like the brief pause towards the end of "True Crime." And, lyrically, the band is not pulling any punches (see: "The Biz Loves Sluts"). Their sense of humor permeates the disc as well, with song titles like "The Song We Used to Call ??Wasting Time'" and "The Gamblers Try Their Hand at International Diplomacy." Also, if you like sing-alongs, you will be rewarded by Confusion.

But there are some things I don't like here. The songs tend to blend together into one album-length song. Again, this seems to be a hallmark of bands that are described as "live bands," like Latterman, but if you like the song, it'll be right up your alley. Myself, I like it okay. There's nothing spectacular here, save for the promise of how crazy these songs would be live.

"Unicorn Shave Your Horn" is way too weird as well. I'll admit that it made me laugh, but it's so ridiculous that much of the intended humor is lost. My dog was sleeping, and she picked her head up and stared at the speakers in confusion. I am not kidding. Take that as you will.

I don't know what else I can say about this CD. I tried to listen to it all the way through multiple times and ended up starting the review without ever having listened to the whole thing. Now that I'm at the end of the album, I can't say I feel any different about the album. The songs, individually, are great. As an album, it gets pretty repetitive, and I find myself wanting to listen to something else. But, I do want to make sure to see them live next time they make their way to my town.


People who liked this also liked:
The Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!Dead to Me - Cuban BallerinaAgainst Me! - is Reinventing Axl RoseThe Loved Ones - Keep Your HeartThe Clash - London CallingThe Gaslight Anthem - The '59 SoundThe Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldRefused - The Shape of Punk to ComeBouncing Souls - The Gold RecordOperation Ivy - Operation Ivy

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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
alchron77 (January 19, 2010)

Please, people, stop writing reviews on records you haven't heard in their entirety. Its half assed, irresponsible and you sound ignorant as fuck.

ozmanx (February 28, 2007)

This is an amazing album. Can listen to it all day without getting bored.

kwill063 (February 2, 2007)

i really need to buy this album.
i've listened to true crime
and on again off again.
pretty gnarly stuff.

The_Wayfarer (January 19, 2007)

Really fun balls-to-the-walls punk, and a great live show.

halfcutskeleton (July 31, 2006)

Best Album of 2006.

mreiter72 (June 5, 2006)

Love this record.

Scruffy (May 19, 2006)

Wow. They only pressed 300 of their 7 inches? Clearly, they are awesome, and I feel ashamed to have never heard about this band that only pressed 300 copies of their music. How dare I not know? Oh, wait, because I'm on THIS site.

And, the_other_scott, yeah I know arguing with Will is like arguing with a retarded brick wall, but it's fun, and sometimes, I get so sick of it I gotta say something.

Anonymous (May 19, 2006)

Dude, no one knows who Koro is - especially no one on this site. Koro only pressed like 300 of their 7" for fucks sake...these kids wouldn't know gauze from the gadjits..

the_other_scott (May 18, 2006)


communicating with will is like communicating with a fucking robot. he has all sorts of big words and information programmed into himself, but he's never really experienced anything outside of living in his parents house and going to high school, so the informationn comes from a really skewed, naive perspective.

(will is overrated)

Scruffy (May 18, 2006)

Will, take some classes in reading comprehension before you graduate high school, or shut up.

SlowStupidHungry (May 18, 2006)

"If you really can't see that the Gamblers are easily one of the most talked about "it" bands in the underground scene right now, I can't help you."

Yeah, I don't notice it because I don't give a flying fuck what band is "it" in any scene, whatsoever. Go listen to Koro or something.

rinjonjori (May 17, 2006)

I love To the Confusion of Our Enemies. It has power, It has pop, It has punk. Getting past the "biz luvs sluts", there is some real insightful lyrics, "Rent is Due" and writing your own personal anthem is pretty hard-- but they accomplish it on "The Art of Getting F...". They are the best band to come out of Texas since ATDI. completely different but great none the less...

Anonymous (May 17, 2006)

Probably the most disappointing release of the last 10 years. The first 2 original albums with these guys are amazing and Something to Crow About is probably the best punk record of the last few years. This is overproduced pop punk garbage that is an absolute worst case scenario of a band moving to a bigger label. The songs themselves aren't any good either so its not just an overproduction issue. I will probably still go see them live and hope they dont play anything off this abortion of a record.

Scruffy (May 17, 2006)

Hey, man! I'm 24. I'm just retarded.

Also, I did forget to mention (read: fail to notice until you pointed it out) that this record takes a healthy RFTC influence. Good call.

Anonymous (May 17, 2006)

"Though, the Gamblers are not what your mother was talking about last night. Just kidding, I just couldn't pass that one up."

Its cute when you try to talk to grownups.

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)

The best album released in a damn long time.

The reviewer also neglected to note that the parts are more fully realized than on "Something" and that the Gamblers have got a RFTC vibe on a couple of tracks.

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)

the"unicorn shave your horn" is the guy from Throw Rag not any of the guys in GA-m-B-L-E-Rs

notfeelingcreative (May 16, 2006)

Picked this up today on a whim, great rock n' roll record!!

Scruffy (May 16, 2006)

Oh noes! They were on MRR radio? Well, that means they were huge!
If you really can't see that the Gamblers are easily one of the most talked about "it" bands in the underground scene right now, I can't help you. Did I give any indication in the review that they were a new band, that they haven't been turning down major label contracts for years? Or did I state the fact that this seems to be the year they're going to break, as everyone and their mother is talking about them?
Though, the Gamblers are not what your mother was talking about last night.
Just kidding, I just couldn't pass that one up.

jared (May 16, 2006)

I agree with some of the comments here...a pretty solid album, but there are a couple tracks that I routinely skip.

I shot and edited a video for "On Again Off Again" which can be found at my myspace page.

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)

Band of 'this year'? God. These guys were all over MRR radio 3 or 4 years ago. Where the fuck have you been? I'll tell you where the gamblers have been - alll over the country building up a huge fanbase by playing their asses off.

civperc (May 16, 2006)

This album deserves a higher rating, the Gamblers are fantastic

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)

so good :)

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)

very good album

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)

This is a great album.

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)

Strike Anywhere?

Definitely not hearing those Kid D vibes on this one. The dude definitely had it pegged on "fun" though. It reminds me a bit of New Bomb Turks melded with the likes of quirky Lookout! pop of yore.

- ObeyYourParents

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)

It's nothing to crow about.


Scruffy (May 16, 2006)

I just mentioned the so-called Orgcore bands as a way of saying that this band sounds like a lot of people here, who like those bands, would like it, but it doesn't sound 100% like those bands.

almostpunkenough (May 16, 2006)

this album is fucking awesome. who cares if it's all the rage here. ( i perpetuate the hype anyway).

that last part isn't serious obviously.

the_other_scott (May 16, 2006)

hey scruffy, these guys are overrated

that being said i can't wait to see em at CBGBs in a couple of weeks

and all you dudes and girls on the west coast get to see them with the bronx and wires on fire!

ozmanx (May 16, 2006)

Up da Org!

aubin (May 16, 2006)

I think I liked it a little more than the reviewer, but there are admittedly some small problems; there are two songs I always skip, so that's something but the rest is gold; just punk rock, not anything-mixed-with-anything or whatever hybrid genre is in, just hooks and attitude.

Anonymous (May 16, 2006)


colin (May 16, 2006)

"orgcore" hahaha

i would like to see that become a universal subgenre of punk that just basically means "this band rules."

InaGreendase (May 16, 2006)

I'm not really sure why the 'orgcore bands were mentioned, but otherwise I preeetty much agree with everything in this review -- though there are some disctinct standouts and chourses that are outright great.

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