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Die Hunns

Die Hunns: You Rot MeYou Rot Me (2006)
Volcom Entertainment

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Growing up, Duane Peters was one of my idols. My older brother was heavy into the skatepunk scene, and with that introduced me to what could be the "1st wave" of skatepunk. Bands like Black Flag, Bad Religion, TSOL, Dead Kennedys, Descendents and so on were essential to any mix tape for the boombox .
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Growing up, Duane Peters was one of my idols. My older brother was heavy into the skatepunk scene, and with that introduced me to what could be the "1st wave" of skatepunk. Bands like Black Flag, Bad Religion, TSOL, Dead Kennedys, Descendents and so on were essential to any mix tape for the boombox you'd bring to whatever spot you were gonna try to skate. Mind you, this was prior to every town in America having its own skatepark, and, not to get all Mike Ness on you, but when skateboarding was a crime.

Duane was the bridging gap for those of us just as interested in the music as the skating. The U.S. Bombs were huge with me. Soon, I left skating for BMX, and grew into the closely associated genre of hardcore. But I'd always go back to the Bombs. The World remains one of my favorite albums to this day. But as each release seemed less urgent in sound to me, my tastes began to wonder. I recently received a copy of You Rot Me, and decided to take another shot.

You Rot Me is a very interesting hybrid of sounds, styles, genres and attitudes, all mixed into a very mellow rock album. Hints of everything from the Rolling Stones, to surf rock, to `77 street punk can be picked out. I guess the best description would be "smokey-bar garage punk." Foot-tappin' tunes that can be played from start to end with no filler.

Maybe the most impressive component of You Rot Me is the varying tempos, instrumentation and vocal stylings contained within each song. Tracks like "Mad Society" point to the earliest roots of punk, basic midtempo riffs with snotty vocals and heavy choruses, where others like the title track seem to play off heavier influences like the Clash, with its bouncy and spacier vibe. "Rock N' Roll Boulevard" embodies what much of today's garage rock can only hope to achieve. With its smooth, extended instrumental opening, to Duane's opening vocals and the infectious chorus, this is my definite favorite on the album.

Initially, I was bothered by the lack of urgency and spit-in-your-face attidude in the vocals, but "47th Street" sedated that need, closely resembling Peters' work of yesteryear and even tossing in a distortion-infused guitar solo for good measure.

When stripped down to basics, You Rot Me is a rock album, influenced by a plethora of influences collected throughout the years. You're not going to find a ground-breaking album of pure musical innovation, but I doubt that was the aim. But if you pay attention, you'll find an honest album that will remind you of why you like rock music and true spirit it embodies.

 

 
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StuntwoodSkater (October 27, 2006)

Bitches whats happenin, first off anyone who disc-d the new album can go suck a dick. and then take a trip to La cali and get ur ass beat by duane himself then come on over to LA tha fuckin Boot and get ur as kicked by me, howbout that now come on with it and leave me some feedback.

Anonymous (October 7, 2006)

Utter utter shite!

musicfilter (October 2, 2006)

2 listens definatley makes it better. 3 even more. 4 more. Come on fuckers...this is one of if not THE BEST rock and roll albums to come out in a LONG LONG time.

joeg (September 27, 2006)

it took a couple listens but i'm really starting to dig this. solid rock n roll record.

SloaneDaley (September 27, 2006)

I should learn how to type

SloaneDaley (September 27, 2006)

score is for Mike Ness.

One of my favourite show moments is when he was all like "when your younger you do a lot of stupid stuff" then I yeled "yeah! stupid stuff!" and he stops and looks at me and goes "but you hopefully you'll grow out of it"

skolarx (September 27, 2006)

the mike ness line is golden.

musicfilter (September 27, 2006)

This is a GREAT rock and roll album. It defies a genre actually. If you don't get it on the first listen than listen again. If you don't get it on the second listen you must not like good music.

Anonymous (September 27, 2006)

d. r . fucking i.

Anonymous (September 27, 2006)

your an idiot and most likely a child still if you dont know how black flag could be skatepunk. lets see ....1986, local concrete ditch, boombox playing early flag and my friends and our boards.

elguapo (September 27, 2006)

"suicidal"

elguapo (September 27, 2006)

suicidalt tendencies were skatepunk. score is for welch's sparkling grape soda

Anonymous (September 27, 2006)

those who dont skate cant relate. i mean fuck, if you are not at least 30 or above you dont and never will get what skatepunk is about.

Anonymous (September 27, 2006)

What were they thinking? This is dreadful. Die Hunns, more like DEAD Hunns.

sickboi (September 26, 2006)

Skatepunk existed long before early to mid-90's Epitaph.

Anonymous (September 26, 2006)

......or any of those bands for that matter

Anonymous (September 26, 2006)

I wouldn't call Black Flag or Bad Religion "skate punk"

baseball (September 26, 2006)

some parts i could get into but the album as a whole did not have much re-listen value to me

then again i've never been more than a casual Duane Peters fan

DiscoFucker (September 26, 2006)

Duane is amazing. Can't wait to get this.

GlassPipeMurder (September 26, 2006)

Can't wait to get this. Loved the songs they posted on their myspace page.

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