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Lower Class Brats

Lower Class Brats: The New SeditionariesThe New Seditionaries (2006)
TKO Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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It almost seems too easy to write a review of the new Lower Class Brats album. It's straight up punk rock. I don't think anyone can hear a name like Lower Class Brats and not have a fairly good idea of what it's going to sound like. However, the more I listened to The New Seditionaries, the harder i.
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It almost seems too easy to write a review of the new Lower Class Brats album. It's straight up punk rock. I don't think anyone can hear a name like Lower Class Brats and not have a fairly good idea of what it's going to sound like. However, the more I listened to The New Seditionaries, the harder it became to put my finger on exactly what it was I was hearing.

First of all, the production on The New Seditionaries is phenomenal for a low-to-mid-budget recording, something I didn't notice until I listened to "I'm a Mess" with headphones and could hear the subtle acoustic strumming over layers of electric guitars, backup vocals and other instruments in an exceptional mixing job. The instrumental "Lip Music" is the one slip-up in the production where the excellent piano playing (which is vital to the success of the song) is drowned out by the electric guitars and drums.

Secondly, the Lower Class Brats seem to stop just short of the hooks in their songs so that it's almost catchy, but frustratingly so. For example, the strongest song on the album, "The Worst," has a really catchy lead-in with some great guitar playing that just kind of dulls out in the chorus as the shouting vocal style kills any chances for a good hook. "See You Go" comes the closest to having a memorable hook with a chorus of "WHOAAAH, See you go." I know it doesn't sound that catchy, but trust me, it is.

What really makes The New Seditionaries good is the Brats' command of timing and good composition. Granted, they're not working with Mozart, but they know exactly when to throw in a round of gang vocals, a measure of chug-along pounding, or a perfectly placed guitar lick. It's this ability that catapults Lower Class Brats towards the top of the `77-style street punk scene.

Also apparent in listening to The New Seditionaries is the level of passion the Lower Class Brats put into their music. While most bands do probably put a great deal into their work also, the passion simply bleeds out of The New Seditionaries. So maybe it is straight up punk rock…it's good and that's really all that matters in the end.

 

 
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The_Wayfarer (January 25, 2007)

Why would you like their old stuff better? If I had to listen to either, it'd be this. At least there's much fewer lyrics about being a punx and "taking back the streets" and other cute stuff like that in this one.

Anonymous (January 22, 2007)

Those dumb punk kids will buy anything

Anonymous (January 22, 2007)

"I liked their older stuff better."

i hear ya

Anonymous (January 22, 2007)

throwin a wrench in the gear

Hey_Asshole (January 22, 2007)

i am declaring a new rule...no more "punk" bands are allowed to use the newspaper clipping script ANYMORE.

seeing that shit makes me feel like i was watching a retard explain the art of standing still to a motherfucker with palsy.

-J.Kelly

Anonymous (January 21, 2007)

Great band, fun album.

dietcokeofpunk (January 20, 2007)

it’s good and that’s really all that matters in the end.

Nicely put...

Anonymous (January 20, 2007)

Great review, great album. At this point, the Brats are like the Kiss of punk rock- loud, dumb & fun. Check it out if you're looking for a good time- but not if you need life changing lyrics to help you figure out who you are.

swingline (January 20, 2007)

this is quite punx.

SilentStorms (January 20, 2007)

Good review, but "Streetpunk is a hilariously overblown genre that buys into its own carictiture of punk so hard its almost comical." sounds very true to me.

Ianw (January 19, 2007)

This review would be better if you added the word "fake" before every time you said punk.

Streetpunk is a hilariously overblown genre that buys into its own carictiture of punk so hard its almost comical.

The_Wayfarer (January 19, 2007)

Bought it forgetting that I stopped liking lame-ass street punk 3 years ago.

This sucks.

dietcokeofpunk (January 19, 2007)

I'm in agreement with fuckyouoioioi, i'm going to buy this sometime tomorrow.

Anonymous (January 19, 2007)

I liked their older stuff better.

ilikepunkrock (January 19, 2007)

The last sentence of this review is spot on.

Anonymous (January 19, 2007)

all of the songs are bland. This a boring album

GenericEric (January 19, 2007)

Great album. I like every song but the title track.

FuckYouOiOiOi (January 19, 2007)

good review, i'm definitely buying this album this weekend, fucking neighborhood record store closed, goddam capitalism.

score is for the review.

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