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Report Suspicious Activity

Report Suspicious Activity: DreamlandDreamland (2006)
Underground Communiqué

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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On the followup to their first full-length on Alternative Tentacles, Report Suspicious Activity step up with an EP full of totally appealing, not completely bizarre juxtapositions. Unless one were familiar with Report Suspicious Activity, they might be quick to write them off without properly con.


On the followup to their first full-length on Alternative Tentacles, Report Suspicious Activity step up with an EP full of totally appealing, not completely bizarre juxtapositions.

Unless one were familiar with Report Suspicious Activity, they might be quick to write them off without properly considering that half the members alone should warrant a purchase of their album on name alone.

Founded by one of Chicago's most well-known politically charged punk rockers, Vic Bondie, RSA also adds to the mix J. Robbins who played in Government Issue before going on to produce essential albums from Jawbreaker to Against Me!. If you don't have an album with his name attached, you're visiting the wrong website for your music news.

Bondi's gruff post-hardcore vocals sound like they belong in the pages of a No Idea Records catalogue if anywhere at all. While his vocals/guitar as well as guitar work by Erik Denno provide an up-tempo swing of things, it's the rhythm section manned by Robbins and drummer Darren Zentek that add what's needed to make Dreamland something worth hitting repeat for. The rhythm on the EP is as much as anyone could hope to hear on any pop record, and when paired with Bondi and Denno's work, it comes across even stronger.

As usual, Bondi's lyrics have a clear political lean, this time around turning his attention to the seemingly endless war in Iraq with the bulk of his attacks focused on the United States' administration. If you've got a Propagandhi tattoo and call Rise Against sell-outs whenever there's a pause in conversation, you're good to go here. However, even if you're simply a fan of intelligent and focused lyrics, you're going to be pleased.

I'm a fan of most things that I can say remind me of my favorite post-hardcore bands (::cough Leatherface, Hot Water Music, Gunmoll cough::) and Report Suspicious Activity have all that, but they've also got a beat you can tap your foot happily along to as well, which gets them extra points in my book.

Don't get me wrong, just because it has two of my favorite musical components in it doesn't mean it's the greatest record ever made, and it's certainly a little challenging in spots, but the strong points of Dreamland definitely make up for it.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
yasserbossin (February 5, 2007)

does this have the song "i want revenge"?/ score goes to that song..

Anonymous (February 3, 2007)

jello VS justin

Anonymous (February 3, 2007)

"Seriously, dude. You didn't mention Jawbox? Burning Airlines? Channels? You really gave short shrift to J. and Darren. Also, the best part of the S/T album was the awesome (better than original) cover of Articles of Faith's "False Security" - it was under the title "Patriot Act" if you don't know the song.
-feeeding5000"

Why would he mention those bands? They don't have anything to do with this release.

Icapped2pac (February 2, 2007)

Vocals sound like a muppet.

JustinUCR (February 2, 2007)

awesome review!
thanks Ben!

The DC show was the best show they've played so far(I've actually seen all 5 they've played).

Feeding 5000 guy ...agreed about the AoF cover: better than the original.

ben_conoley (February 2, 2007)

Yeah, but I wasn't reviewing the S/T album, was I?

Also, I don't think one must always reference every other band tied to a project.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

Seriously, dude. You didn't mention Jawbox? Burning Airlines? Channels? You really gave short shrift to J. and Darren. Also, the best part of the S/T album was the awesome (better than original) cover of Articles of Faith's "False Security" - it was under the title "Patriot Act" if you don't know the song.
-feeeding5000

SloaneDaley (February 2, 2007)

this sounds great. J. Robbins is quite a creature.

joeg (February 2, 2007)

i saw that black cat show they did back in december. yea, they definitely got a mean, muscular sound/stage presence to them but with a melodic edge to it. really good show. i haven't heard this new one yet but it sounds like another solid record.

theonetruebill (February 2, 2007)

this EP is awesome until the last song hits.

mattramone (February 2, 2007)

I got this at their show at the Black Cat, and it's definitely rad. I wish they played mroe often, as they are definitely muscular, melodic, and punch in the gut. Plus, yanno, J ROBBINS. Get on the trolly, kids.

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