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O Pioneers!!!

O Pioneers!!!: Black MambasBlack Mambas (2006)
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Something is happening. Something moving, something groundbreaking, something that the music scene hasn't seen since the `80s. We as a culture are all at the forefront of a collection of musicians and fans who are trying to put false pretenses and unwarranted belittling of each other aside and .
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Something is happening.

Something moving, something groundbreaking, something that the music scene hasn't seen since the `80s. We as a culture are all at the forefront of a collection of musicians and fans who are trying to put false pretenses and unwarranted belittling of each other aside and actually focus in on what brings us together: music. Music being that of epic proportions that leaves you breathless and you cannot explain what happened, your feelings failing to be expressed in words, because they all seem to belittle what actually took place. What has been interesting to see is how the sounds have divided, but the people are headed forward in the same directions.

We are seeing artists come together and almost completely join voices for creativity and individuality. Bands that work harder than your average make-up-laden puppet act are taking a stance of being sick of watered down, filtered and bland music. While some artists have taken the route of creating emotionally moving pieces of work over extended periods, sometimes free of music, some are taking their hearts and screaming off-key choruses over out-of-tune guitars across the country to any available outlet. This is the latter. This is O Pioneers!!!'s first full-length record, Black Mambas.

The folk-punk movement has been emerging from the undergrounds for a better part of the decade and has rarely been disappointing. Yet it is hard for bands to come up with fresh and original material from what seems to be a limited genre. Cat calls have been emerging from angered audiences over the past years while bands deciding to spread a message to a larger audience. With so much give from the audience, many seem that the take of a band's rise to popularity is too much. What the Pioneers!!! have done is put strong vocal demand on their audience to shut their mouths and open their ears. For their first full-length record, it's a ballsy move, and it's one that delivers.

The Pioneers hand us 11 songs that deal with the shit-talking crowds, negative drinking, and strong ideals about how the music scene can, and should be. One of the key moments on the LP is the aptly titled "Remember When It Meant Something," where Eric screams to the pensive audience, "Play with your hearts / Scream out your thoughts," which insights anyone with a guitar and a motive to pick up and play. That's what is beautiful about folk-punk: it's the every man's songs.

This record is overly exciting and fun to listen to, but it's not perfect. There are faults such as a few cracked vocals and a missed beat here and there, but it doesn't take away from the feel of it, it just makes it harder for some to appreciate. But what will add to your appreciation of the record is seeing them perform; Eric and Jeff are both in the right place at the right time with the right strive in their hearts. This is all about passion for them, and seeing the duo interact with each other and that evening's destination is what makes records like these appreciate in value.

I always get excited to hear from bands like O Pioneers!!!, especially when they are just starting out and they already sound good, but you know it's going to get better. The lyrics are going to strike harder, the drums are going to blast faster and the chords are going to sink deeper. Black Mambas is the beginning of an exciting and budding career showing signs only pointing up. There is love and passion and entertainment in these songs, and hopefully they will penetrate a legion of dissented kids who think music is dead, because it's alive, and it's moving.

 

 
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thatcrazycommie (November 13, 2006)

I love this record. That review was a total crock of shit.

Anonymous (August 15, 2006)

Worst review ever. I didn't know what this band or album sounded like before I read it, and I still don't. I can't shake the mental image of the reviewer weeping and masturbating to an Against Me poster as he wrote it.

CogsintheMachine (August 14, 2006)

This band is good. This album is good. This review, not so good. And I'll tell you why, right now. This album never mentions me. This band would be NOTHING without me. Who suggested that these dudes start a band? Me! Who was there to reassure them after the first time they were booed off a stage? Me! Who convinced Eric Solomon to go into rehab when his cocaine addiction almost broke apart the band? Me! I'm so damn rad!

-William Fucking Butler

SlowStupidHungry (August 14, 2006)

A firestorm to purify the bane that hippy punks bring to our community!

gladimnotemo (August 14, 2006)

I can't wait for the next punk firestorm cleansing.

aubin (August 14, 2006)

He's a great folk artist, perhaps better than many punk bands, but ultimately has nothing to do with punk, unless you associate leftwing politics automatically with punk.

Well, Bragg isn't even "folk" considering he's not a purely acoustic act. The only difference between him and a "traditional" punk band is the "band" part. The "punk" part still applies.

Of course, he's been called a "one man Clash" for decades so that's not surprising.

The thing that bugs me about this discussion is that this is more of the "exclusionary" attitude that makes "punk" so unforgiving and leads to the stereotype of the close-minded punk rock kid.

People used to tell me that NOFX, The Minutemen and Fugazi weren't punk. I'd hate to start thinking like that.

SlowStupidHungry (August 14, 2006)

I don't think anything's been "broken down." Perhaps it's evolved. Bob Dylan used to play in rock n roll bands- I can see how one could enjoy punk rock and folk music.

My idea of punk is simple, but encompasses a lot. Not overly technical, overly-produced, or overly radio-sounding rock-based music based around short, controlled bursts of noise. But hey, maybe this is why I usually prefer bands to release 7 inches over LP's. I know for sure why it pretty much disqualifies folk groups. And pretty much all these rap groups people pretend are punk (though I can see the influence on them).

I agree, punk can't change shit. Culture is the effect, not the cause, in most cases.

Fuzzy (August 13, 2006)

That's clever how you acted as if you ignored my sarcasm.

Verrrrrry clever.

Seriously, I can't even gauge what exactly it is that you think "punk" means or is. I think the barriers between all the different genres of music were broken down a long time ago and we've had some far better music be made because of it.

People who have these really rigid definitions of what "punk" is or (perhaps more importantly) can be remind me of that old joke:

How many punks does it take to change a lightbulb?

PUNK CAN'T CHANGE ANYTHING!

SlowStupidHungry (August 13, 2006)

I agree, Fuzzy. He's a great folk artist, perhaps better than many punk bands, but ultimately has nothing to do with punk, unless you associate leftwing politics automatically with punk.

Fuzzy (August 13, 2006)

Billy Bragg is completely irrelevant to the punk scene.

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Anonymous (August 13, 2006)

hey will, not sure if you're listening to the same defiance, ohio as me, but they're just a punk band playing acoustic instruments. name one folk group that they have more in common with than your average punk band. if you think defiane or this bike are folk rock, i'd like to know what folk rock bands you think they sound like.

SlowStupidHungry (August 13, 2006)

No, to be considered relevant to this scene to me, your band needs to actually play punk music. These bands are basically telling kids "yeah this mainstream melodic music can be rebellious too!"

Since fucking when did unity and acoustic sing alongs have anything to do with punk rock.

And no, I'm not saying it's bad because I've seen Defiance, OH twice, but I'm sick of kids latching on and trying to make it something it's not (like this review). It's folk rock. Nothing to do with the punk scene. Just like Billy Bragg or whoever.

boldredletters (August 13, 2006)

there always seems to be something masturbatory about bands singing about singing your heart out.

hvmyselfabear (August 12, 2006)

This band actually gives me hope for a future of punk rock that doesn't involve shit-talking, macho crap, and bad haircuts. God, I hope it catches on, because these guys are the best. They are also rad live! fuck yeah!

Scruffy (August 12, 2006)

Bob Dylan is not a hippie.

Fuzzy (August 12, 2006)


And the reason I consider Defiance and This Bike irrelevant to any punk scene is because their shows are more like hippy gatherings than punk shows. I don't go to punk shows to fucking chant along with some dork on his acoustinc guitar. Punk has variants, but it IS a form of music, and I don't find it linked with protest-folk or "indie rock."


Will, where do you go see shows at? At all the Pipe Bomb and D,OH shows I've been to there's been pile-ons, dancing, finger pointing, and screaming along. And you're talking about "forms of music" not "forms of concerts" and if you can't see the direct connection between Pipe Bomb or D,OH and punk then you're blinding yourself just to try and make a point.

jumptheshark (August 12, 2006)

Definitely really like the album, and they are in fact all awesome guys....

however, that review was a poorly written pile-o-shit

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

better then rosa!

darkstarm (August 12, 2006)

I must clarify again: this is not a "hippie punk' band.

Although I am going to see Defiance and This Bike tonight. Should be BITCHIN! Huzzaaahhh!

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

"The thing about these guys is they're a band you need to see live before you hear them. It will make you appreciate them that much more. Especially when everyone in attendance (I live in Houston) sings the chorus to Remember When it Meant Something. Plus, Eric and Jeff are awesome guys. So is Aaron."

They might be great guys that put on a great live show...but that is completely irrelevant to what this record sounds like...this is a record review not a live review and people wanna know whether or not this record is worth picking up

Deadpan (August 12, 2006)

This album's ok, but you've gotta be tripping if you think there's anything revolutionary about it. The same song over and over for half an hour? It's catchy, but nothing that hasn't been heard before. Or done better for that matter.

SlowStupidHungry (August 12, 2006)

"Actually, 'hippie' would mean something more than punk, when you consider the fact that the hippie movement was founded on an actual principle, specifically opposition to the Vietnam war, while punk (depending on which origin theory you subscribe to) was a bunch of spoiled suburban kids angry about absolutely nothing! Don't misunderstand, I', not discounting the bands who actually have/do stand for something, but I've never understood the anti-hippie backlash in punk-rock! What's the difference between Crass being anti-war and Bob Dylan opposing war?"

Yeah, suburban kids singing about nothing. As opposed to hippies singing about elves sitting on mushrooms and shit. Don't let your dad convince you songs about hobbits and shit ended the war.

It's pop culture. It's plastic.

And the reason I consider Defiance and This Bike irrelevant to any punk scene is because their shows are more like hippy gatherings than punk shows. I don't go to punk shows to fucking chant along with some dork on his acoustinc guitar. Punk has variants, but it IS a form of music, and I don't find it linked with protest-folk or "indie rock."

RyanRockwell (August 12, 2006)

I really can't get into this band, am I a bad person?

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

"This band isn't really exactly folk-punk. I mean they share some similarities to early Against Me! stuff but really they're more in a Ted Leo mets Hot Water Music kinda vein."

couldn't agree more.

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

yeah i have a copy of the album. i have 13/200.

notfeelingcreative (August 12, 2006)

And I have not yet heard this band, my comment was referring more to bands like Defiance Ohio or TBIAPB.

notfeelingcreative (August 12, 2006)

"All of a sudden stupid kids are being fooled into believing this hippy bullshit is punk rock or means anything."

Actually, 'hippie' would mean something more than punk, when you consider the fact that the hippie movement was founded on an actual principle, specifically opposition to the Vietnam war, while punk (depending on which origin theory you subscribe to) was a bunch of spoiled suburban kids angry about absolutely nothing! Don't misunderstand, I', not discounting the bands who actually have/do stand for something, but I've never understood the anti-hippie backlash in punk-rock! What's the difference between Crass being anti-war and Bob Dylan opposing war?

chickswithdicks (August 11, 2006)

oh, and i suggest getting a bassist and probably another guitar.

chickswithdicks (August 11, 2006)

the songs on their purevolume have good potential, but they still sound like a rather run of the mill local band.

Fuzzy (August 11, 2006)

It's good, it's not great, but it's good. The split was with Saw Wheel, Adam.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

i love this band and these buddies of mine!

grant o.

el_matt (August 11, 2006)

The review starts pretty good, but it hardly mentions anything about the songs in it.

Good album. Mine says 63/200 on it, does anyone else own a copy of this album? What number does it have?

sinktexassink (August 11, 2006)

The thing about these guys is they're a band you need to see live before you hear them. It will make you appreciate them that much more. Especially when everyone in attendance (I live in Houston) sings the chorus to Remember When it Meant Something. Plus, Eric and Jeff are awesome guys. So is Aaron.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

They're really not THAT good. I hear they're nice guys though. I also hear they sound kinda bad live.
-The Whites

darkstarm (August 11, 2006)

Will: You obviously haven't actually LISTENED to this band, nor done any research about them. I suggest... stfu.

This band isn't really exactly folk-punk. I mean they share some similarities to early Against Me! stuff but really they're more in a Ted Leo mets Hot Water Music kinda vein. Very good, very straightforward songs. In addition, Eric and Jeff are two cool mother fuckers.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

this isnt a folk album, or even a folk punk album............this is simply a punk rock album. this is what punk is and should be. fuck the tags everyone puts on these records. wake up.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

Shouting at all times is a staple of orgcore bands. Look at Latterman.

-skaboom

adam (August 11, 2006)

I haven't heard this yet but the impression I got from O Pioneers!!! on their last split (with Ghost Mice I believe) was that this is a band in which the singer is shouting at ALL TIMES, despite the volume and intensity of the actual music going on in the song itself. I hope that improved a bit for this release.

-adam

Old_Friend (August 11, 2006)

my copy should be at the place i reside at when i get home from work.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

this record is pretty okay, I don't think this review is all that bad but then again I'm the evil reviewer from beyond having taste.

- APK

OverDefined (August 11, 2006)

Superdude,

1. You have been funny.

2. You're getting less funny.

3. Maybe you should come up with a new thing before it gets really fucking stale.

superdude (August 11, 2006)

This review was pretty good, except:

1. What does Mitch Clem do in this band?

2. I didn't know he drew snakes.

3. Pioneer village?

4. Of course they are folky, they are pioneers.

5. Emerginf from Tony Hawk's Underground?

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

bad review. too fan boy-ish..."that's the beauty in folk-punk...blah blah blah.." awesome.
-TOBB

sxenester (August 11, 2006)

first "mitch clem filled the cup" comment.

SlowStupidHungry (August 11, 2006)

Yeah, something is happening.

All of a sudden stupid kids are being fooled into believing this hippy bullshit is punk rock or means anything.

Your review sounds like this band just formed and charged the capital and ushered in a utopia of badly played folk music.

gladimnotemo (August 11, 2006)

This review made me LOL for the first three paragraphs or so. Good job keeping me awake at this late hour.

JustinUCR (August 11, 2006)

it's not officially "out" yet. This is a review of the limited tour pressing.

Team Science is doing the CD.
Underground Communique is doing the LP.
both will be ready in late September / early October...most likely the latter on the LP.

Aaron is still a rad dude.
I love those other two dudes too.
best. people. ever.

tylerdurden8136 (August 11, 2006)

I didn't even know this came out wtf.

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