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The Casualties

The Casualties: Under AttackUnder Attack (2006)
Side One Dummy Records

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Certain things in life, without fail, invoke a very refreshed feeling. Jumping into a cool lake on a hot summer day, an ice cold glass of lemonade, or smoking a good cigar while drinking a gin & tonic. I look forward to, and enjoy all of those things any time I'm needing a good bit of relaxation and.
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Certain things in life, without fail, invoke a very refreshed feeling. Jumping into a cool lake on a hot summer day, an ice cold glass of lemonade, or smoking a good cigar while drinking a gin & tonic. I look forward to, and enjoy all of those things any time I'm needing a good bit of relaxation and refreshment. And on that token, what, of all things, is more refreshing than a new record from everyone's favorite punx uppers, the Casualties?

I submit there is nothing.

In all honesty, though, anyone aware of this band knows they've been writing the very same album every few years since the very inception of the band. It wasn't even slightly engaging or interesting when they first started, and I regret to inform you, that nothing has changed. The same trite and repetitive formulas are nothing now if not finely tuned, and while they would be a complimentary statement in regards to most other bands, in essence all that says about the Casualties is they've gotten better about being terrible. Those same gruff vocals, cliché sing-alongs, and downright awful lyrics -- all found more prevalent on this album than ever before.

"System Failed Us Again," in a nutshell, encompasses everything this band could possibly hope to on an entire album -- in about three minutes time. That's all it takes to convey the entire scope and breadth of their musical abilities and thoughtless political rants. It's one thing to have an agenda, I actually wish that more bands did, but coming from such a baseless and reactionary standpoint is another thing entirely. Each and every song is about the hypothetical â??line in the sand' being drawn between the "punx" and "the system."

The system failed us again, factory layoff, welfare checks / Who's to blame for the state we're in? The system failed us / Government housing, concentration camps, ghetto barriers separate each class / The system failed us, the system failed us again
That's the sort of repetitive aspect that ruins any potential momentum to be found in these songs. It's not all bleak, however, there are a few bright spots sporadically sprinkled throughout. The chord progressions in "No Solution - No Control" are hard and vigorous, which lends well to the style, and provides some real gusto and apparent conviction that was so sorely lacking in many similar instances. But too many songs fall into that very same trap. Quick bass intro, followed by the distortion, and then the tempo picks up, there's some shouted gang vocals, and then the order is repeated. Whether by habit or just lack of creative ability, the Casualties are the truest victims of their very own devices.

There's eloquent ways to talk about social struggle -- political rapper Immortal Technique does a terrific job of it. Take one listen to his "Poverty of Philosophy," and within those six minutes, he says more than this band has in their entire career.

 

 
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Kosta011 (December 29, 2011)

Just got this cd and i like it a lot. Fast and full of energy!

minorthreatguy (June 4, 2010)

casualties, good band.

cadavermine (January 31, 2007)

Fuck yes!!!
the casualties are gods!!!

assgoblin (January 15, 2007)

Yo props on mentioning Immortal Technique! Only realist feel this mutha fucka! The Casualties suck! Listen to real crust punk not posers who like to play dress up!

a7xrocker4ever (November 22, 2006)

good band

PePeRoTTeN (September 24, 2006)

All i want to say to all of you is that, after you were born, you didn´t started walking at once, you first needed to crawl, right?
well, i´m more into crust/ street punk scene, and i like to hear bands like Crucifix, Nausea, Aus Rotten some The Unseen and the likes, but i didn´t get to that music at once, i first started listening to NOFX, Anti-Flag and specially The Casualties.
I really think The Casualties lyrics aren´t very complex, very generic, and poor at times, but they do a great job into getting more and more kids into the scene, kids who will then listen to other bands with more elaborated lyrics, but they needed to crawl first. Also their message of unity amongst punks had never changed from the beginning. Now they have launched a new album, "Under Attack" on Sidonedummy Records, i don´t like it very much, but it´s still fast and loud and surely will get new people into punk rock.
i liked more "Die Hards" anyways ;-).
The same goes for the ones that say that Anti-Flag now is very commercialized, and has signed to a mayor label, well they had admitted it, in that way more and more people will listen to their message, they may be "socialist oriented" but i think what they say in their lyrics is true, and is a good band to get kids into listening to good music with good thoughts into its lyrics.
Just think about it.

ZAchAtTacK420 (September 6, 2006)

The beauty of the Casualties is that they refuse to grow up. Writting songs about hair and studs can only go so far and they're a band that when they attempt to be political, their rants come out like social commentary written by a fourth grader...They remind me of a band called "Old Skull", comprised of children under the age of ten. It really limited the material they could conceivably write about and they did what they did and did it to the best of their abilty...No matter how boring or repetitive it was, it worked for them...

Over time, you'd think a band would grow up and change, but the boys from the Casual Ties think that they have to stay "PunX RoXeRs" forever..."oi oi oi"...It got old ten years ago, and no matter how many riffs from The Exploited or GBH they steal, they will never amount to anything other that ammassing an army of drones who do their hair all day and scream nonsensical garbage into a microphone...I'll admit that I did enjoy the first track, "Under AttacK"...It's just an average punk song, but it was pretty solid, but after the first song, doesn't an album usually progress? Maybe change a little? I was really hoping they could offer up something better than their previous attempts at competancy, but I was wrong...This is one reason I praise the file sharing program called Soulseek...I didn't have to waste 15 dollars on this piece of shit.

Cos (September 1, 2006)

2 points in the hip hop vs. rap debate:

1. I forgot who, but someone said "Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you ARE" (score one for hip-hop = culture side)

2. Someone else explained to me once that rap is west coast and hip-hop is east coast. That was during the whole gangsta feud/Death Row vs. Bad Boy days, so I don't know if it has much relevence.

Basically, it seems your definitions of the words depends on what generation your part of. And to trash my entire arguement here, this debate is pretty pointless.

--C

joeg (August 31, 2006)

operation ivy is back together??? holy shit, i gotta tell all my myspace friends! word is gonna spread like wildfire! thanks for the info!

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 31, 2006)

yeah, a band that broke up because they were getting too popular is gonna reunite at the warped tour.

oh god, please let that be true, i'll just wait on that stage the whole fucking time inching my way to the front in between bands(i'll go in the pit during the last song). i don't care who i have to watch and who i have to miss (even nofx).

JTravolta (August 31, 2006)

"P.P.S. a little off topic, but a friend told me Op Ivy cemented reunion plans for Warped Tour. I've been scouring the internet, but to no avail. has anyone else heard this?"

no effin way....

ahoitherr (August 31, 2006)

I wasn't expecting much from this album and got the little I expected. I think I'm just outgrowing the Casualties. They need to start branching out and trying new things, like rhyming.

but seriously, can anybody honostly say that they don't enjoy putting on an old casualties record once in a while and mindlessly singing along to the anthemic chours?

P.S. Jesse, good call on the distinction between hip-hop and rap. There's a great hip-hop group from Seattle calle dthe Blue Scholors that you should check out if you like the genre. I don't understand why punk kids are so against hip-hop. The geres talk about a lot of the same things, getting away from being dirt poor, getting away from cops, and being persecuted when you're growing up.

P.P.S. a little off topic, but a friend told me Op Ivy cemented reunion plans for Warped Tour. I've been scouring the internet, but to no avail. has anyone else heard this?

Jesse (August 31, 2006)

Flogging Molly is a poorman's Pogues riding a gimmick. Gogol Bordello is the same only they use Hungarian folk as their gimmick. Both are huge bands that'll hit a major label soon. SideOne puts out all the Warped Tour Comps, and we all know what's backing Warped Tour - major label support.

Anonymous (August 31, 2006)

" I have no idea why people can call this band a "street punk" band. Doesn't that imply some sort of level of brokedownness or refusal to buy into a capitalist system? Then why are they on SideOneDummy, a label that basically caters to shitty mainstream tastes while giving the edge of being independent. "............. WTF? SIDEONEDUMMY has the most off the wall bands out there.......Gogol, Flogging, ZOX.... the only mainstreamish band I can think of is the Bosstones and they are broke up....and yes, the Casualties do suck.........

dietcokeofpunk (August 31, 2006)

a very harmless, yet guilty pleasure for some

yup, that pretty much sums them up.

chipsahoycookie (August 30, 2006)

ha

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 30, 2006)

i agree. immortal technique are a bunch of faggots.

Russe11 (August 30, 2006)

Agreed 100% Enemy_Will. When I was first checking out Immortal Technique's shit I was really into it, until I saw the homophobic rants you speak of. So I did a little research, because I was curious as to whether the use of the word 'faggot' was indeed homophobic, or more in line with how he uses the word 'nigga.' But then I came across this:

"As for homophobia, Hip Hop never embraced faggots. One canâ??t deny that there are probably rappers, DJ's and fans that are mo's but I think since the culture was based around proving ones manhood; acting like a fruitpop isnâ??t gonna get you anywhere. But with this celebrity starved era; who knows."

Sorry, but as smart as he'd like to think he is, he's just as ignorant as every racist out there.

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 30, 2006)

Jesse, its not the lack of production i don't like in the FB record, it just sucks. i like the last locust record so its not that i can't 'handle aggressive music'.

maybe i'll listen to it a couple more times but there was nothing about it that made me wanna listen to it again.

feeeding5000 (August 30, 2006)

I keep saying this, but no matter how bad a band is, or how ironic it is that they decry capitalism and then appear on Warped, or whatever--if it gets kids into harder or better punk music, then it has some value. If they keep on listening to their Casualties and Rancid records, then they can keep 'em, but if this opens them up to a "new" kind of music, then it is a valid record.

Anonymous (August 30, 2006)

"ok look guys, i know the casualties songs have the same theme and their old stuff is better, but this album is ok. they are just following the same formula they have for years. but you guys need to stop saying stupid ass shit like they are pathetic and they need to fuck off and die. thats whats immature. tell us why they are pathetic."

They are asshole drunks with stupid hair who hit on underaged girls.

And they make crappy music.

coffinfullofnails (August 30, 2006)

ok look guys, i know the casualties songs have the same theme and their old stuff is better, but this album is ok. they are just following the same formula they have for years. but you guys need to stop saying stupid ass shit like they are pathetic and they need to fuck off and die. thats whats immature. tell us why they are pathetic.

is that a serious question?

how about them wanting to represent a punk band, but living the lifestyle of a popstar and selling their records at target?just for one example of why i think they are pathetic.

Anonymous (August 30, 2006)

This album is solid all the way through

jacobmanson (August 30, 2006)

ok look guys, i know the casualties songs have the same theme and their old stuff is better, but this album is ok. they are just following the same formula they have for years. but you guys need to stop saying stupid ass shit like they are pathetic and they need to fuck off and die. thats whats immature. tell us why they are pathetic.

Scruffy (August 30, 2006)

"Its all about your haircut and what kind of pants you wear these days. Fuck that noise."

It's a good thing I don't wear pants.

Enemy_Will (August 30, 2006)

The thing I hate about Immortal Technique is that he'll be in the middle of a strong, angry, and intelligent rap and then throw out some unneeded homophobic remark and fuck it all up. Also, if nothing else, Lil' John can make some solid beats. Casualties: either four complete idiots or market strategy geniuses making a very harmless, yet guilty pleasure for some.

Anonymous (August 30, 2006)

It's stuff like the Casualties that kill the real punk spirit.

Look at the best punk bands: The Stooges, The Minutemen, The Dead Kennedys, The Clash, The Damned, X, Black Flag. What do they have in common? Not much, really. Except an attitude, a spirit to do whatever the fuck they felt like. Punk was about taking music, politics and art in new directions. About finding your own voice. Doing shit yourself in your own unique way.

Punk and all its subgenres have become inundated with fashionistas and 'subterranean conformists.' Where's the danger? Where's the art? Where's the triumph of original thought?

Its all about your haircut and what kind of pants you wear these days. Fuck that noise.

Anonymous (August 30, 2006)

Hip-hop is a style of MUSIC, and rap is a style of VOCALS.

End of story.

Anonymous (August 30, 2006)

if you like rap get the fuck of this site you mother fuckers

SilentStorms (August 30, 2006)

Fuck these mafackas.

Jesse (August 30, 2006)

Hip-hop is still a style of music. It's a lifestyle and culture, but it goes with the music. Rap is the overall genre. Listen to the Wu-tang man, all they ever reference is hip-hop MC. Never once do they say rapper.

"Tryin' t'be a hip-hop emcee, rroaorgh, in order to enter the Wu-Tang, you must bring the Ol' Dirty type slang."

If you look at all the albums by the Roots, Black Thought and Malik B are always credited as emcees. Hip-hop is the overall music - it relies as much on the type of beat as it does the rapping. That's why they're not hip-hoppers.

Anchors (August 30, 2006)

I stand by my statement that hip hop is a culture, not a genre of music.

I understand the distinction between somebody like 50 Cent and somebody like Common, but they're both rappers, both emcee's, not "hip hoppers." I know hip hop tends to be used to classify the more underground stuff, while rap classifies the commercial side, but erroneously so.

dietcokeofpunk (August 30, 2006)

"Also, to the person that said they put on a good live show: they really don't. When I saw them in D.C. half the time was spent insulting the city and throwing casualties tee-shirts out into the audience. No joke"

Thats too bad, when they played providence they just came out and rocked. I think they stopped playing once to say "we are the casualties" and that was about it. All 50 people in the crowd went nuts the whole time.

Jesse (August 30, 2006)

"what the fuck happened to punk? a band releases a fast, harsh, and energetic record (with shout-along choruses) and it gets trashed on a punk website."

"and jesse, fuck you you fucking numbskull. i bought that stupid fucking functional blackouts record cause of your review and its probably the worst, least played record i own. you should have said it sounded like an unmemorable version of the spits."

First he praises loud and aggressive music, then proves that he can't handle it. One of the most raucous records I've heard in the past few years, and this guy prefers teh Casualties. What's the matter? Not enough megabuxxx producers polishing it up for you?

And Rap is genre of music. Hip hop is also a genre of music. People tend to say that Li'l Jon and Fifty Cent make rap music while Talib Kweli and Mos Def make hip-hop. It's semantics.

Kursk (August 30, 2006)

My hair is too curly for liberty spikes....that said, I want Duane Peters to make another U.S. Bombs album.

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 29, 2006)

sometimes its excruciating reading all the comments you pretentious little fucks make. pull yer heads outta yer asses, you'll enjoy life more.

and jesse, fuck you you fucking numbskull. i bought that stupid fucking functional blackouts record cause of your review and its probably the worst, least played record i own. you should have said it sounded like an unmemorable version of the spits.

Scruffy (August 29, 2006)

"if you think the fucking Casualities are bad go suck a dick what are you guys in like 6th 7th grade you guys dont know what fucking punk is"

Guys, I think one of the band members just posted.

Seriously, how dumb are you? First, the proper insult would be that we've grown too old, as it's generally 6th and 7th graders that eat this crap up. Second, try to use grammar of at least a fourth grade level if you're going to use age as an insult.

Anchors (August 29, 2006)

Rap is music, hip hop is culture.

Lil' Jon, Immortal Technique, Krs-One, all rappers. Not "hip hoppers."

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

if you think the fucking Casualities are bad go suck a dick what are you guys in like 6th 7th grade you guys dont know what fucking punk is

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

Hey Anchors, nice touch on the link eh? 5 stars for that alone.

SlowStupidHungry (August 29, 2006)

"I call bullshit on this comment because there are people like Lil Jon and 50 Cent who write terrible lyrics despite the main portion of their musical output being those lyrics. He was just giving an example of a way to do political lyrics properly, Miss Mary Contrary."

Those guys are "rap," not hip hop. I don't know if Anchors called the Technique rap, but he's not. Rap is most definitely based around creating poppy beats moreso than thought provoking lyrics. But I propose a hyphy punk movement.

GHOST RIDIN THE WHIP WITH MY STUNNA SHADES ON,
Will

Jesse (August 29, 2006)

Way to check archives to make a point. I award Will the "Bored Afternoon" award. Haha! That Owen show, incidently, was the first date for me and my fiancee.

But yeah, I couldn't find those 7inches anywhere, and then I got that re-issued 12 with GI and Youth Brigade on it as well. Just because I'm late in the game don't mean I don't like it better. You do it all the time, Will.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

Modern American street punk like this is a joke. They're just playing at being punks.

SalsaShark (August 29, 2006)

"No shit a music based around lyrics is more insightful than fucking street punk."

I call bullshit on this comment because there are people like Lil Jon and 50 Cent who write terrible lyrics despite the main portion of their musical output being those lyrics. He was just giving an example of a way to do political lyrics properly, Miss Mary Contrary.

SlowStupidHungry (August 29, 2006)

Oh yeah, namedropping a rapper in a fucking punk review is lame as hell. No shit a music based around lyrics is more insightful than fucking street punk.

SlowStupidHungry (August 29, 2006)

"Everyone should just listen to the Teen Idles. Ian was a better bass player. Or SOA. Ol' Hank was better as Henry Garfield, working at Hagen Daaz."

Dude, I was listening to SOA and Teen Idles back before you were reviewing Owen opening for Mewithoutyou! I just had to point it out.

Anyway, SOA are underrated. Great 7". Better than GI and Youth Brigade DC.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

"at last they dont play emo or metal but plain punk, thats why they are trashed her"

I don't like emo or metal. but this band still sucks. then again, really annoying music with boring, overused ideas being sang about and stupid haircuts isn't what I consider to be what punk is. These guys are clowns. Fashion show "punks" whos lyrics and message are cancelled out because they play huge corportaion-sponsored warped tour, have their CD sold and mega-retailer targets shelves and portray an image. Wow, sounds a lot different than most system-orientated band, you fools.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

those sounds like anti flag lyrics...not good.

and what are these guy bitching about? they're got enough money for their super cool totally punk haircuts and leather jackets and their CD is being sold instores at targets. TAKE DOWN THE MAN!! hahaha, yeah right guys.

Jesse (August 29, 2006)

Everyone should just listen to the Teen Idles. Ian was a better bass player. Or SOA. Ol' Hank was better as Henry Garfield, working at Hagen Daaz.

kill_fftl (August 29, 2006)

unfortuanly i kind of like it

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

Anyone who calls this boring shit "punk" has their head up their ass. Name one of the original "punk" bands this garbage sounds like.

P.S. - This band is only popular because of their hair

TheYoungInfluential (August 29, 2006)

this was a really fair review, and ended up coming to the same conclusion everyone eventually does about this band.
Also, to the person that said they put on a good live show: they really don't. When I saw them in D.C. half the time was spent insulting the city and throwing casualties tee-shirts out into the audience. No joke.

NoControl (August 29, 2006)

this is just more proof that Fuckyouoioioi is a fucking idiot. The Casualities are so bad, and their fans are even worse.

SlowStupidHungry (August 29, 2006)

Shitty street punk... Joke music, really. And the singer hits on 14 year old girls.

That said, much better and more valid than pop punk with "hardcore" vocals or whatever.

JayTee (August 29, 2006)

But Jesse, dont tell people to buy that record, cuz then theyll sell records and maybe ride in a bus one day. Promotion and gaining a following = un-punx.

Jesse (August 29, 2006)

"The system failed us again, factory layoff, welfare checks / Who's to blame for the state we're in? The system failed us / Government housing, concentration camps, ghetto barriers separate each class / The system failed us, the system failed us again"

Sounds like a bunch of bullshit right wing politics to me, anyway. The system failed them because the system tried to set up some sort of standard of living to those who didn't have anything to start with?

And I blame the Casualties for the state that the Casualties are in. If they don't like New York, or Montana, or whereever the fuck they live, all they have to do is hop states. So far I've made it from Minnesota to Indiana.

Jesse (August 29, 2006)

I have no idea why people can call this band a "street punk" band. Doesn't that imply some sort of level of brokedownness or refusal to buy into a capitalist system? Then why are they on SideOneDummy, a label that basically caters to shitty mainstream tastes while giving the edge of being independent.

See also: why do the Casualties ride in a gigantic tour bus? Their system is failing themselves. Next time someone in a giant pink mohawk asks you what you're doing to fuck up the system, ask them how much their dye cost and which salon they went to.

Fucking christ.

I can't believe some of you said there aren't that many street punk bands out there. THEY'RE EVERYWHERE, they just usually have morals and ethcis so they don't sign to bullshit labels and put out bullshit albums.

If you're so inclined, look up A-Bomb Nation from Minneapolis. They'll fuck up any Casualties song in a second.

JayTee (August 29, 2006)

Eh ignore half my last dumb comment Scruffers. You agreed with me over in the Much The Use For A Name review. Im bored and at work and I need to argue today. Your band is really rad by the way.

joeg (August 29, 2006)

"I was singing along with most of the songs (catchy or repetetive, take your pick) but saying every song sounds the same is complete rubbish. As someone said earlier, going by the same argument bands like 7 seconds would also fall into the same category"

oh come on. i actually like some casualties songs but a lot of their songs sound similar. i don't even know how that's debatable. i agree the same can be said for most bands covered on this site (7 seconds, minor threat, nofx etc) but listening to music isn't an exercise in logic, it's personal preference. and i find many posters here just aren't into street punk but prefer pop punk/hardcore.

jacknife737 (August 29, 2006)

I used to really hate this band, now i just dislike them somewhat. They have around two songs that i actually like, and they do have energy in their live show. THat said, they do spend more time on their hair then a supermodel.

gregs (August 29, 2006)

"F'real...Do me this favor.
Go to the iTunes Music Store.
Go to The Casualties On The Front Line.
Then listen to the samples of the songs.
It's fucking amazing how they all sound damn near exactly alike.
-Dante"

Wow, you weren't kidding, I didn't expect them to sound that much alike

wallofyouth (August 29, 2006)

i'm gonna start a band called the casual ties

JayTee (August 29, 2006)

Scruffys got it out for me today, crikey! Dude, I listen to plenty of intelligent stuff. I don't see why indulging in the casualties every other month makes me a neanderthal. Do you watch TV shows and movies that expand your cranial capacity alone? Or do you say fuck it now and then and watch an action movie too? C'mon, get real. Everyone loves a little retardation now and then. Plus it's kinda cute and ironic the band you chose to prove youre not a caveman's name is "Jawbreaker". Chill out man, you're making those gangland.org guys look passive.

Smithy (August 29, 2006)

I listened to the stream so I've only heard this once, but it sounded pretty good. I was singing along with most of the songs (catchy or repetetive, take your pick) but saying every song sounds the same is complete rubbish. As someone said earlier, going by the same argument bands like 7 seconds would also fall into the same category.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

The fact that FuckYouOiOiOi loves this album tell me all I need to know about it.

coffinfullofnails (August 29, 2006)

score is for the band i give them 2 not one because they are still trying but i just could never stand them. i figured this would be in the catagory of exactly what you'd expect from this band and what i heard and from this review i was right. so again this band thinks they are the punkest mother fucker's ever and its still amusing. my step brother saw them the other night and asked jorge why the new albums are in target along with the other one and he said we are trying to bring those people into punk rock, so for the record the casualties want all the kids from traget and hot topic to become casualties punx so watch out...haha. oh and #1 punx uppers hahaha.

Jesse (August 29, 2006)

This band sucks. They should fuck off and die.

Scruffy (August 29, 2006)

"SO regardless of whether you like them or not, there is really something to be said about all they've accomplished in their career."

I agree. It is incredibly amazing that a band that sucks this much has been able to go so far.

Mute98 (August 29, 2006)

cheap sex sucks really bad as well, many of the best street punk bands are on sailors grave, tko, or byo with the exception of a few

the casualties are pathetic

Snakes (August 29, 2006)

this albulm is living proof that punk is dead,and i couldn't be happier

Snakes (August 29, 2006)

this albulm is living proof that punk is dead,and i couldn't be happier

ReducerSF (August 29, 2006)

kick ass album, waaaay better than I expected.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

Because we all know, the most important thing in punk rock is how many tickets a band can sell..

jlb (August 29, 2006)

i have been following this band for a LONG TIME. People who aren't nesscessarily into this kinda of music dont really get it, but the CASUALTIES have completely surpassed all of their peers in the streetpunk realm. They are doing way more than gbh, the exploited, one way system, etc. have ever done. They out sell the unseen, the lower class brats, the boils, etc. Rancid may be the only exception but few put them in the same musical category as these guys. SO regardless of whether you like them or not, there is really something to be said about all they've accomplished in their career. If you like streetpunk...youll love this record, if not at least give them some respect for being the only modern day bands to be leaving thier mark on the mainstream with such a rough and un-commerically friendly sound.

jlb (August 29, 2006)

i have been following this band for a LONG TIME. People who aren't nesscessarily into this kinda of music dont really get it, but the CASUALTIES have completely surpassed all of their peers in the streetpunk realm. They are doing way more than gbh, the exploited, one way system, etc. have ever done. They out sell the unseen, the lower class brats, the boils, etc. Rancid may be the only exception but few put them in the same musical category as these guys. SO regardless of whether you like them or not, there is really something to be said about all they've accomplished in their career. If you like streetpunk...youll love this record, if not at least give them some respect for being the only modern day bands to be leaving thier mark on the mainstream with such a rough and un-commerically friendly sound.

Scruffy (August 29, 2006)

Oh, and JayTee, I'm 24, and I have hated the Casualties since I was 16 and my friend first played "Punk Rock Love" for me. Remember, Jawbreaker is punk, too, and I prefer punk that doesn't make me feel like a neanderthal when I sing along.

Scruffy (August 29, 2006)

"cheap sex isn't really street-punk. great band but not street punk perse."

Yeah, for sure. Everyone knows that a band can't be street punk AND be good.

"fast, aggressive BUT with shout-along choruses"

Yeah, you just described EVERY hardcore band right there. Find a new definition.

"i like it but i guess it's cool to hate the casualties so i'll just pretend i hate it."

It's not cool to hate on the Casualties, everyone just does so because they actually do suck.

If you want fun punk, you can find some that's intelligent and doesn't represent everything that is was and ever will be wrong with punk rock.

JayTee (August 29, 2006)

You can hate em fine, but don't pull this "all the songs sound the same" bullshit. By that logic 7 Seconds The Crew and Minor Threat's first one suck. Fuck, maybe some of you are just plain outgrowing punk music and not coming to terms with it. It's been ten years and I still like it fast and obnoxious. This is a rad album to drive to. Who cares about the lyrics, you can't understand that illiterate fuck anyway.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

I want to know how people get to be staff writers.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

i like it but i guess it's cool to hate the casualties so i'll just pretend i hate it.

joeg (August 29, 2006)

ignoring the ridiculous lyrics and the repetitiveness of the songs (in a punk band? never!), these guys can write a damn catchy street punk tune every now and then.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

i will admit to never ever getting these guys, but they are better than allot of what is considered punk by many of the people on this site-oldpunker-

dietcokeofpunk (August 29, 2006)

and it's better than 99% of that emo stuff..

dietcokeofpunk (August 29, 2006)

All their songs may sound alike, but they put on a great live show.

aaronfromsweden (August 29, 2006)

sorry, not even one star :P one point that is, my bad.

aaronfromsweden (August 29, 2006)

I streamed this album, and couldn't agree more with anchors (except I will only give it one star). I noticed some people below was whining about this being a "real" punk record for once, but I tell you what, this kind of punk is dead and the rest of the bands have either evolved or quit.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

Teh Revolt make this shitty band look even more worthless than they used to appear.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

I'm not gonna lie, I like this album alot. I was gonna just give it an 8, but I changed my mind as I listen to it now. It's a goddamn 9. Of course it's nothing grounbreaking, but sometimes I just wanna listen to something angry, fast and catchy. I guess I suck.

...evildadealive

ps. - the Wednesday Night Heroes are good. Real good.

Big_Guy (August 29, 2006)

this band is hilarious

LMChc (August 29, 2006)

If there's just for fun, why are they writing about serious topics?

You might be able to make the argument that they used to write songs like these. But those songs were written ten years ago, and there are only so many ways you can combine "ponx," "up," "beer" and "glue" into a chorus. I doubt this differs at all from the last three records, with several songs about being so ponk, lengthy metaphor about life being a battle and how the system is always giving it to them with a eight-inch fiberglass dildo. Oh, and let's not forget the token song in Spanish - not because it's good or classy or relevant, but because we can.

This band ran out of fun ideas a long time ago, and have to appear as though they can be a serious band to keep the money for the coke and the glue coming. They've made the same damn record how many times now? Quit wasting my vinyl, quit wasting beer and quit wasting my precious oxygen you outdated sons of bitches.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

ugh, these dinosaur's are a joke

GlassPipeMurder (August 29, 2006)

k, listen to this, i just came up with it in the shower: A Casualties and Plain White T's co-headling tour called the Casual-T's tour. All the punx emo kids can leave their outfits at home and come dressed casually in white t's. eh? eh?

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

at last they dont play emo or metal but plain punk, thats why they are trashed here

ChokingVictim (August 29, 2006)

I haven't listened to this, and have no interest to. Everybody I talked to told me "On The Front Line" was a step-up from their older records...boy, were they wrong.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

the casualties have failed us again

Dante3000 (August 29, 2006)

F'real...Do me this favor.
Go to the iTunes Music Store.
Go to The Casualties On The Front Line.
Then listen to the samples of the songs.
It's fucking amazing how they all sound damn near exactly alike.
-Dante

coldwaffles (August 29, 2006)

So, what you're saying is, they should have called the song "The System Failed Us (Again)?"

colin (August 29, 2006)

hahhhahahahaha

the fact fuckyouoioioi likes this record is perfect.

MikeStupid (August 29, 2006)

I think this is the best record they've ever put it out. If you're trying to find substance and depth in their music, you're missing the point entirely. It's just for fun.

ilikepunkrock (August 29, 2006)

Wednesday Night Heroes and The Briefs Oh Yeah.
The Casualties Oh No.
Portland in a couple of weeks. There will also be a ton of sweet mohawks and dirty kids at the show. Yea for kids who don't take showers. FuOiOiOi listen to Virus Nine, they are way better than the Casualties and fast.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

Go see them on tour just for the WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEROES!!! They are so damn good, I can't wait till this tour hits my town...

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 29, 2006)

there aren't many street punk bands (fast, aggressive BUT with shout-along choruses) that record better albums than the casualties.

Mute98 (August 29, 2006)

hey fuoioioi there are other bands that do fast aggressive punk MUCH MUCH better than these clowns you stupid piece of shit

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 29, 2006)

cheap sex isn't really street-punk. great band but not street punk perse.

FuckYouOiOiOi (August 29, 2006)

fuck you anchors, you stupid sonofabitch. what the fuck happened to punk? a band releases a fast, harsh, and energetic record (with shout-along choruses) and it gets trashed on a punk website.

put up my review next week so we can get both sides of the story!!

score is for the album.

GlassPipeMurder (August 29, 2006)

score is for Immortal Technique

almostpunkenough (August 29, 2006)

i really don't give a rats ass about the cheese-ass image. fact is these guys just aren't very good.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

cue: UP THA PUNX11!1! comments

GlassPipeMurder (August 29, 2006)

score is for the hair and bad teeth. i also like this band and their music for novelty purposes mostly.

inagreendase (August 29, 2006)

Oh, and in case anyone wants to try it, Anchors doesn't dimiss all street punk.

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