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The Urchin

The Urchin: Another Day, Another Sorry StaAnother Day, Another Sorry Sta (2001)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: DanielDaniel
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I'm pretty sure that The Urchin must have made this album specifically to impress me. First of all, the title of the record is a Leatherface lyric, and no one who knows me can ignore the fact that Leatherface is my favourite band of all time. Secondly, the music contained on the disc is upbeat, emot.


I'm pretty sure that The Urchin must have made this album specifically to impress me. First of all, the title of the record is a Leatherface lyric, and no one who knows me can ignore the fact that Leatherface is my favourite band of all time. Secondly, the music contained on the disc is upbeat, emotional, aggressive punk rock; The Urchin actually wouldn't be very out of place opening for Mush-era Leatherface. Everything about The Urchin's music and the way they present it screams "Daniel Likes This Band!!!," so how could I avoid loving a band who obviously go to such pains to find out my exact musical tastes and cater specifically to them?

Well, the answer is that I can't. The Urchin grab me right away with fast hardcore songs like "Last Order For This City" and the raw, from-the-gut emotion of songs like "Difference Between A and B." They even throw in a sweet metallic guitar solo on the latter song. As the disc blazes through amazing tracks like "Dead Cities Never Sleep" and "Bike Song," I just can't find anything not to like.

Sure, pop-punk is one of the most tired genres in independent music right now, but needles in the haystack like The Urchin make it all worthwhile. When a band obviously loves music so much and dives into their songwriting headfirst, the results can easily be phenomenal. I can reference fifty other bands who craft similar, rough around the edges but beautiful pop music, but The Urchin obviously aren't about sounding like any other band: they simply play the sound that comes out of them naturally, and they play it well and with loads of heart. This is a band that needs to be discovered.

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coldjuly (September 18, 2001)

It seems daniel dosen't get outside very often..your reviews good though. And this album is good.

Anonymous (September 15, 2001)

This is my sentiments exactly. I got the Urchin's first record (Fragile Songs in Lukewarm Dreams) a while ago and I liked it, but I probably wouldn't have bought anything else the band did. Then I saw the title and decided "any band that would take their title from Leatherface deserves my support." I am beyond pleased that I bought this record. It is leaps and bounds above their first one, which is saying a lot. So let this be my plea: Buy this record. Enjoy it. Tell your friends to buy it. Then, they'll see that America knows how much rock they present and they'll come back more often... hopefully with Screaming Fat Rat. And if you missed them on tour with tiltWheel, you have no option other than banging your head against the wall for the next three hours. Hard.

Anonymous (September 14, 2001)

Yeah, I pretty much don't. I do a web zine at www.deepfrybonanza.com, and now that my job is pretty slow I do 2-5 record reviews every day. I pretty much sit here all day listening to music and writing about it... what a life.

I don't mean to take over the reviews section, I just like people to read my stuff, and it seems my site and this one have entirely different fan bases.

sickboi (September 14, 2001)

I'm starting to wonder if Daniel ever leaves the computer....

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