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As Friends Rust

As Friends Rust: WonWon (2001)
Doghouse Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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I think the past few years have been dramatically important for punk and hardcore, because so many diverse forms of expression are being combined in completely unique and new sounding ways, and in spite of all this experimentation, most of these new bands haven't forgotten how to write great songs.
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I think the past few years have been dramatically important for punk and hardcore, because so many diverse forms of expression are being combined in completely unique and new sounding ways, and in spite of all this experimentation, most of these new bands haven't forgotten how to write great songs, nor have they forgotten where they come from.

Like their Gainseville counterparts, Hot Water Music, As Friends Rust doesn't give a damn what you think punk is about. They've broken it down to it's original components: raw emotion, no bullshit riffage, and hooks galore. In their reconstruction, they've produced two of my favourite EPs, and now, a contender for my favourite release of the year.

Like their self-titled EP, and Fists of Time EP, this record combines aspects of punk, hardcore, and indie rock into a raw, angry sound that you must have known was from Gainesville. The band themselves described the record:

About the record: It's dirty. The joke throughout the recording and mixing process was that this record would not fly very well for the prudish, self-righteous clean cut pop-punk-hardcore kids. So, if you apply, you may really hate this record. The mood is dirty, dark and seedy. Not "for the kids", at least not for the gutless mama's boys and daddy's girls of hardcore today. Sorry.

I can't say I agree. This is one of the best sounding records I've ever heard. The guitar sound is prime, and the drums feel like a kick in the chest. The vocals are never lost in the wall of noise, and the there is an almost hallucinatory quality to the harmonies throughout.

I mean, how can you not love a band that has a song with the chorus "Fuck with the bull,you'll get the horns." In a lot of ways, that sums up the band. Pissed off, aggressive, but with a definite soft spot for melody. I wonder if that sums up their audience?

 

 
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Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

axx (April 8, 2005)

I always find it cute ow some people put a star so as not to say offensive words.. ahh, "only in america".

whatever, this album is amazing, this band quitting was one of the first tragedies of this century.

Morningleaver and Laughing Out Loud are amazing. Ten is too.
The whole damn thing is great.

Anonymous (August 4, 2002)

the cd isn't all that great but we on some next level sh*t is an incredible song. Jus for that song i think it deserves a 8/10

maverick (April 5, 2002)

I dunno, maybe I just don't get it. I stole this from my college's radio station today, and it's not doing too much for me. I'll give it a few more spins, I guess.

-Scott

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

Hey, Damien from As Friends Rust here. Thanks for the awesome review, Aubin. People be sure to check out our website, which is steadily improving. The link is above. Also, this record is out on the 23rd of this month on Doghouse Records. We hope you all dig it. Thanks.

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

ok spolied mayo...infested by maggots and p.o.d promo stickers

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

i like mayo a lot, but i hate p.o.d. i wish ' he would fly' out of the music buisness.- fathead

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

with as friends rust being the ice cream of course....

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

comparing as friends rust to p.o.d is like comparing mayonaise to ice cream..

coldjuly (October 8, 2001)

Damn...its ok...who took a piss in your wheaties???

Anonymous (October 8, 2001)

lets get one thing strait fenix tx riverfenix i used to live in texas or whatever they are called never were good under anyname.

coldjuly (October 6, 2001)

POD...fuck, dont scare me like that. I seen POD on accident like 4 years ago when they were on tour with Dogwood, slick shoes, and the (then) Riverfenix (when they were actually good) and I've never heard music so horrible I wonder if they still suck that bad live.

:)

Anonymous (October 5, 2001)

excellent review, but from the picture, they look like P.O.D. or something.- fathead

coldjuly (October 5, 2001)

This band is amazing!!! nothing more can be said..great review I have yet to check out this record..but by your comments I think I will.

sickboi (October 5, 2001)

Awesome album, awesome review. All you lucky Europeans are in for a treat because they guys and Strike Anywhere are heading your way...

Anonymous (October 5, 2001)

wow. aubin, great review. makes me want to buy the cd.

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