Makeshift3 - Fluoescent Black (Cover Artwork)


Makeshift3: Fluoescent BlackFluoescent Black (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 3

Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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I guess looks aren't everything. From the look of the album -- the bright pink color scheme and happy and goofy (and short hair-styled) band picture on the back -- I was expecting some pleasant pop-punk. I could go for a happy, positive band after all the tough guy posturing and gloomy long-haire.

I guess looks aren't everything.

From the look of the album -- the bright pink color scheme and happy and goofy (and short hair-styled) band picture on the back -- I was expecting some pleasant pop-punk. I could go for a happy, positive band after all the tough guy posturing and gloomy long-haired emo I come across these days. I could go for double-time beats, major keys, and I could do without the screaming and silly paint-by-numbers breakdowns.

Makeshift3 immediately prove that looks aren't everything, and after a pleasing double-time intro with a dark Strung Out feel, they succumb to the pressure of screaming and breakdowns in the first full track "The Darkest Night of the Soul."

This is their fourth album since their inception in 1995 but it's the first I've heard, so I can't compare with their past material. But here on Fluorescent Black, half the time they sound like Blink as on the poppy "Nine Year Love Story," and I am down with that until the unnecessary screaming at the end ("I wanna be right by your siiiiiide!") and a guitar solo that tries to be showy but never seems to land on the right note. Then all of a sudden they sound like a different band, continuing onto the next track, "Cut, Poison, Burn" with its chugging palm-muted rhythms, guitar harmonics, and hideous screams. It's obvious these guys wear their influences on their sleeve, and as I check out their bio I find Blink-182, of course, as well as New Found Glory, along with harsher bands like Pantera and Thrice. "Six Hours to Phoenix" has a bunch of elements that remind me of "First Date" or some other Blink song, but then they have to throw some screaming in there too.

Evidently these guys are a Christian band too, but I wouldn't hold them against them. They seem like good fellas and they don't beat you over the head with it, in fact, I didn't realize this was their thing until I read an article included with their press materials. Not until closer "Hiyayda Martian 3.0 Gold" (whatever that means) did I hear a more obvious reference -- "Because if you're here with me / God's here with us / That's all that counts." Not a big deal, for me at least.

They make a decent attempt at mixing their favorite genres, but sometimes it's a shock. Some of the breakdowns and metal guitar stylings are pretty decent and they almost had me convinced that that is what they do best. But for the most part, I think they should focus on the punk side, because screaming is way too trendy. Fluorescent Black is definitely a strong showing of polished punk rock, the product of high school friends who have honed their skills over time to become a tight unit.


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RyanRockwell (August 10, 2006)

what was it called???

Scruffy (August 9, 2006)

I don't know if Johnny Respect has bloomed into other bands, but they put out an EP after Blue Collar Moxy that blows it out of the water.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (August 9, 2006)

What Brian said.

They were pretty good back then though.

RyanRockwell (August 9, 2006)

I'm glad I was wrong, I really like the album blue collar moxy by johnny respect alot! Does anyone know if those guys made any new bands?

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

hahah agreed with the guy a couple down from me.. i just remember them always being the #1 punk band on mp3.com and it made me so mad because they were SO terrible. not quite as bad now from what i heard, but still nothing worth spending money on.

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

Score is for the band. NO, this band WAS NOT known as Johnny Respect nor do they have any members of that long since dead band. Makeshift3 is from Orange County, CA.

inagreendase (August 8, 2006)

Should've just titled the album MP3.com Nostalgia, because that's probably all I'll ever remember this band as -- except for the waaaay-too-blatant Jesus songs.

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

I think at least some of the members were in johnny respect, which is sad because their cd was really good and I listened to this abnd and it was meh, pretty much just like the reviewer said.
Ryan rockwell

almostpunkenough (August 8, 2006)

"Hiyayda Martian 3.0 Gold" is so insanely catchy that i can't even be annoyed by the cheese-ass lyrics. there's about three or four other songs on here that are fantastic too if i remember correctly.

the rest is kinda forgetable.

Scruffy (August 8, 2006)

Holy poo!
Did this band really used to be Johnny Respect? Their EP was rad.

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

didn't this band used to be johnny respect? if so they were awesome!
ryan rockwell

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