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The Steinways

The Steinways: Missed the BoatMissed the Boat (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 3
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The kids will always have their say. And they will always have their fun. For every snarling, braying, acerbic and biting Black Flag, you have smiling, sunny, bouncy and funny Descendents. The early `80s saw the inception of loads of pissed off punk bands. But it also saw many of those pissed off pu.
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The kids will always have their say. And they will always have their fun. For every snarling, braying, acerbic and biting Black Flag, you have smiling, sunny, bouncy and funny Descendents. The early `80s saw the inception of loads of pissed off punk bands. But it also saw many of those pissed off punks lace their anger with potent humor. Many bands have come along since to mete out the meanness with spoonfuls of laughs.

The Steinways are not in this to fight. They don't want to smash the state or smash your face. They're just looking to have a good time and sing about the trivial headaches, heartaches and stomachaches that haunt their daily lives. That might seem trite but it's human, o so human. It clicks best when anyone can relate.

For two reasons (not musical) I give this band props: They recorded with Chris Pierce in my old hood of New Brunswick, NJ. And the lyrics to "Warped Tour" go as follows: "One million bands / One million hours / Too bad all of it sucked." Why are so few bands willing to slay the sacred cows of "punk" rock, especially when those bovine creatures stomp upon the mainstream musical landscape with unfettered hubris? It's refreshing to hear voices unafraid of offending the aristocrats of current pop music.

What we have otherwise is 20 songs of 4/4 high-octane pop-punk -- raspy-voiced bopping bubblegum punk. That's 20 songs with a total running time of 21:31. They deserve adulation for that feat, in a time when more and more bands strive to cram as much music as possible onto a CD. Amidst the normal punk barrage, the band offer quieter passages, funkier asides, all of it passed off with a grin and a humorous air.

This sounds like music created by teenagers, for teenagers. They come from nice suburban homes and I'm sure they put on a fun show. Someone probably dresses up in a funny outfit and maybe gets naked. Despite the frivolity on display, there are keen social observations at work here. "Onlyundiesclub.com" addresses the phenomenon of online flirting: "They're all girls from hardcore shows / Only now they're not wearing any hooded sweatshirts." Otherwise, the lyrics pertain to our protagonist's lack of love. Isn't that always the story with singers of rock'n'roll bands?

 

 
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arejaypunx (November 1, 2010)

review is good but kinda trails off at the end, in that I totally disagree with it's supposed triteness. Score is for album.

brett-nola (January 6, 2009)

Wow, this one only got 3 stars?

Shame, shame.

Anonymous (December 11, 2006)

poor man's liilingtons? no sankee.

sven the pen

Anonymous (December 10, 2006)

feeeding, you fucking dolt, most crust sounds the same, too. OH NOES I INSULTED CRUST, WHAT ABOUT MY SCENE CRED???? PPL WILL THINK IM A POSER BECAUSE I DONT LIKE THE TRUE UNDERGROUND STUFF.

Don't bash pop-punk, especially when it was inspired by the great SW.

Otherwise, your little rant was beyond inane. (And this is coming from someone is sorta sick of NN2S himself)

Anonymous (December 10, 2006)

i don't know who the crap Mitch Clem is, but someone really ought to up the p0nx.

dev (December 10, 2006)

This question is for feeding5000
Umm, what?

Anonymous (December 10, 2006)

Oh, please. Quit your bitching about Mitch Clem. Taking credit for Against Me! and the Epoxies popularity? Hardly. All I recall him saying is how Fat Wreck seems to pick up bands he comics about, and that it wasn't that farfetched of an idea considering Fat Wreck has used his comics in their catalogue without his permission.

Everyone who is bashing NN2S clearly has NO idea what its about. Clem is MOCKING the stereotypical punk scene, the "tru punx." Dillinger Four, Against Me!, the Epoxies are far from the "tru punx" sound, yet are some of his favorite bands.

You guys seem to forget he drew the Steinways cover album that everyone so graciously loves.

And SARC? A lot of nerve you pricks have bashing on that. Its a comic blog. ONOES! ALERT THE PRESS! MITCH IS COMICKING ABOUT (GASP!) HIMSELF. Heaven forbid it resembles blogs and comics!

All in all, quit your bitching, grow up, and if you don't like Mitch, don't read his shit.

Anonymous (December 10, 2006)

blah blah mitch clem blah blah. blah blah blah blah stienways blah blah?

feeeding5000 (December 10, 2006)

I think Mitch Clem should stop cartooning. Honestly, SARC is just like every other autobiographical web/indie comic. There is nothing to differentiate it, except for the fact that it has the Husker Du logo more often than any other web comic. NN2S essentially devolved into him talking about how great every band that sounds exactly like SW is...even though they ALL SOUND THE SAME. And, he's so cruel to those of us who believe that "when you bathe the system's won". (Nobody take that from me, I think those have to be song lyrics. By the way, who here wants to start a fake crust band?) Anyway, he went from jokes about Aus Rotten and MDC to making references to the Lillingtons and going, "See? It's funny! HAHAHA!"

Anonymous (December 9, 2006)

remember when Mitch Clem was taking all the credit for Against me and Epoxies popularity? Thems were the days. See kids, cartooning can tax the mind.

Just heard the steinways on myspace. not bad but i'll take the lillingtons any day.

Anonymous (December 9, 2006)

"read much?"

Sure. It's not my reading skills that need help. I would suggest that, instead, we take a look at your critical thinking skills. For reasons, please read previous posts.

My band's CD will be distributed by a label that organized a show featuring the Ergs. Please discount any future opinions I have regarding their work based on this irrelevant information.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

I used to live right by the Steinway street subway station. By the Kaufman-Astoria Studios. Astoria REPRESENT!!!!

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

this is a pretty terrible review

"you have smiling, sunny, bouncy and funny Descendents."

i wouldnt exactly say that...

the whole third paragraph is meaningless

"This sounds like music created by teenagers, for teenagers. They come from nice suburban homes and Iím sure they put on a fun show. Someone probably dresses up in a funny outfit and maybe gets naked."

if you'd seen the steinways, you would realize that that makes no sense.

this cd's awesome, but not for any of the reasons most of the commentors or reviewer has said

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

checked out their songs. they're......OK.

Not exactly teens either, but that's cool.

el_matt (December 8, 2006)

Great and fun CD. It won't change your life, but you'll goddamn enjoy it.

coldwaffles (December 8, 2006)

xmitchxclemxcorex

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

So recording in the same place as the reviewer once lived is now considered as the band having ties to the reviewer?

Yeah. It's a big conspiracy. I'm sure these guys chose that studio specifically because they knew that the reviewer once lived near there, and that he would then give them a glowing review on punknews.org because of it, and that would launch them to international superstardom.

The Steinways also shot down Amelia Ernhardt and stole the Nazi gold.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

Oh so by "ties" he meant more in a Kevin Bacon way? Like as in, no ties at all? Gotcha.

hanny (December 8, 2006)

my name is brian steinway, and i am a little brother of the steinways. i would like to say this album rules. up the p0nx, brother!

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

read much? the reviewer writes,

"For two reasons (not musical) I give this band props: They recorded with Chris Pierce in my old hood of New Brunswick, NJ."

do the steinways have a ton of little brothers that are online all day? i like the band, but their fans are fucking ridiculous.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

"good review considering the reviewer has ties to the band."

I think you should probably explain that. Or just make statements without backing them up. Your choice, I guess.

"LOL, for a band that is in every ones top ten, their rank on interpunks top sellers in 550. More like they made the top 1000."

First of all, LOL? What are you, 12?
Second of all, what do you think the odds are that someone whose favorite band is AFI or Panic at the Disco are going to be responding to this review? I, for one, am shocked that people who love this album make up a good chunk of those who are responding. SHOCKED, I SAY!

Slag away, up the p0nx, Oi! Oi! or whatever it is you kids do these days to "fight the system".

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

Hey anonymous...B. &. O. Boring and overrated.
suicide is a good way to handle things like your taste in music.
best things going on? wow.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

It's in MY top FIVE for the year, so I win. Definitely one of the best pop punk bands in the country right now.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

6 out of 10 is fair. good review considering the reviewer has ties to the band.

LOL, for a band that is in every ones top ten, their rank on interpunks top sellers in 550. More like they made the top 1000.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

Absolutely in my top ten this year!

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

I think that guys was saying that propagandi has already done a song that was AGAINST the warp tour.

and who ever thinks bottle rocket sucks is crazy. BO? don't get your inside grudge, I actually think the band has potetntial, cool cover too!!...........

killdefenses (December 8, 2006)

he said they've made fun of it, not played it.

MrStabone (December 8, 2006)

hey dude three below.

when did propaghandi play warped?

we played with this band. they were good. the bass player totally was trying to fuck. or maybe it was the drummer. i can't remember.

baseball (December 8, 2006)

catchy and fun

artwork is ridiculous, but in a good way

musical-monkey (December 8, 2006)

score is for the artwork

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

Its hardly original to bash the Warped Tour. Lawrence Arms, Propagandhi, and others have done it, and its not exactly an unheard of criticism, particularly since this band sounds as cookiecutter as any band that's played Warped.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

5/5

One of the new vangaurds of Pop-Punk!

Fucking brilliant

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

I agree with just about everyone. This album is EASILY top 10 material for 2006!

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

thank god it's no bottle rocket. That band is completely B & O. you hear me? B. and. O.

This is a killer cd. if they sounded like TBR they would be garbage. unfunny. and from self-importantsville in the middle of nowehere.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

i have not heard this cd, but they do have really cute bass player and a middle eastern guy in the band

the drummer is a total stud as well

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

mmm... cheeseburger viking...

TahoeJeff (December 8, 2006)

This is a great album. Definitely in my top 10 this year.

pinkerton (December 8, 2006)

score is for new brunswick. the 666 house just closed a few months ago.

plus i just hated it there in general.

steinways are sick, though.

Rastid (December 8, 2006)

best pop-punk/buzz-pop/whatever the kids are calling it album since the unlovables. if you're into that, it's easily a top 10 album of the year.

Larry33 (December 8, 2006)

I am pretty sure this band has a video on Youtube covering Lillington High. I was looking for some Lillingtons, but their version wasn't too bad at all. Might be worth checking out.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

i have heard this cd is okay but after hearing a song it's definitely no Bottlerocket or Weasel.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

Cover art by Mitch Clem, don't forget that.

ryanrockwell (December 8, 2006)

I think that this album is great!

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