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Cheap Sex

Cheap Sex: Written in BloodWritten in Blood (2006)
Punkcore Records

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Not musically progressing but still managing to put out great records is no easy feat. People get sick of hearing the same sound (Pennywise) or have the band simply incapable of using the same ingredients more than once to create an engaging result (Pennywise). Cheap Sex, luckily, bring the same .
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Not musically progressing but still managing to put out great records is no easy feat. People get sick of hearing the same sound (Pennywise) or have the band simply incapable of using the same ingredients more than once to create an engaging result (Pennywise).

Cheap Sex, luckily, bring the same politically-minded and socially-charged punk rock sounds of their prior efforts to Written in Blood, and it sounds as good now as ever before.

Every rollicking riff and infectious chorus is joined by biting social commentary and absolutely incensed vocals that create an atmosphere buzzing with intensity. The band is at their absolute best on short tracks where they can take the blitzkrieg approach and just don't let go of it. On an album where intensity is at a premium, they've found a way to keep it up even during long tracks like "Paranoia." A lot of that can be attributed to the guitarists, who shred and sledgehammer their way to the forefront song in and song out. Completely indiscriminate as to pace, duration, or any other element of the specific track, they go all out to create the most volatile and unforgiving environment possible for the music.

The buzzing distortion and jarring riffs of "Psychopath" are a perfect compliment to the flash and soloing of "Rage and Revenge," but in either case, they make sure that not a single bit of energy is wasted and not a single second goes unused. There's no unnecessary intros or instances of slowdown. There's no need for diversity when what's done is done so well. All 34 minutes are packed with an anger and a talent that strikes the perfect punk rock mix.

Unforgivingly in-your-face and unabashedly gritty, Cheap Sex have struck gold yet again with their infectious yet devastating punk rock salvos. Armchair politicians, move aside, here's a band not only with something to say but the motivation to put it out there.

 

 
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donanthony83 (February 23, 2014)

it's surprising to me that mike virus is still around. in my opinion he is one of the WORST voices in punk (past, present.....hopefully not future).
ironically, a lot of the music he's sang on is really good, the virus and cheap sex both had great guitars but then that shitty voice comes in ....uggghhhh it's so bad. i've heard someone compare it to peewee herman's laugh which is quite accurate. i've heard him speak, and he doesn't sound anything like his singing voice which makes it even worse.
#1 why disguise your voice?
#2 if you're going to make up a character voice why would you pick that? it's so bad

music 3.5/5
vocals 2/5 (i'll give points for energy)

jimmyjjackamoose (June 10, 2007)

pennywise is one of the newest and most innovative bands in the scene today.

SilentStorms (February 15, 2007)

That first paragraph was hilarious!

Then I realized this was streetpunk and stopped reading.

Score is for Pennywise's progression.

Anonymous (February 11, 2007)

are there any awful, trite albums that this site doesn't give 4 stars to?

youwinalemon (February 11, 2007)

This is not a good name for a band.

Score's for "D2: Mighty Ducks 2."

cadavermine (February 10, 2007)

Oh yeah. I hate you because you're a filthy cop, and 'cause of that time you were getting on my case about "underage drinking" and "possession of marijuana", and 'cause you're a metal loving asshole, and 'cause you can't spell.
P.S. I'm 14 years old.

cadavermine (February 10, 2007)

WOW. You have made like 2 comments and they're both devoted to insulting me.

GayRudeBoysUnite (February 10, 2007)

Cdaver, You're a stupis fuckward, and a major slut. You sleep with your drug dealer so you can get a disscount, and you're like 15 years old.

GlassPipeMurder (February 10, 2007)

this sounds pretty good, i'll have to check it out.

Anonymous (February 10, 2007)

at any rate, they look like a bunch of MONSTEROUS douche bags.... just click on the website.

Q. What sort of self-respecting streetpunk band has AIM icons and presskits available for download?

A. One from LA.

cadavermine (February 9, 2007)

You say "punk band" like it's a bad thing.

Anonymous (February 9, 2007)

"hereā??s a band not only with something to say but the motivation to put it out there."

Say hello to every single punk band that has ever released a record.

ilikepunkrock (February 9, 2007)

8 stars, Anchors I can not figure out how you score records, this CD is alright but there is SO much better streetpunk out there than this. I wonder what you would give a good street punk record?

dietcokeofpunk (February 9, 2007)

awww yea

ozmanx (February 9, 2007)

Bah! ......bah

Ianw (February 9, 2007)

I heard these guys are MONSTERIOUS douchebags.

FuckYouOiOiOi (February 9, 2007)

yup

cadavermine (February 9, 2007)

Yes yes yes yes yes!

Badger_Legion (February 9, 2007)

Maybe

cadavermine (February 8, 2007)

Yes.

Torgo (February 8, 2007)

No.

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