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The Riptides

The Riptides: Hang OutHang Out (2006)
Union Label Group

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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The Riptides represent a class of band that's necessary to the overall health of the punk rock organism. Their peers may be numerous and quite similar at times, but they'll never be redundant. They're charming and likable but they'll never make celebrities of their members. Their records will be met.
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The Riptides represent a class of band that's necessary to the overall health of the punk rock organism. Their peers may be numerous and quite similar at times, but they'll never be redundant. They're charming and likable but they'll never make celebrities of their members. Their records will be met warmly when they arrive, but they'll never be events. This type of band is vitally important for clearing out the toxins and impurities that build up in the genre. They're white blood cells, if you will.

Hang Out launches with "That Girl," which immediately sets expectations for a Screeching Weasel pattered album. Yet the next track betrays that. "88 MPA / Unfortunate Son" is speedy street punk, similar in attitude to those greasers in the Turbo AC's or the Angel City Outcasts. This establishes the band's greatest asset, a dichotomy between juvenile, idealized teenage pop-punk like "Detention" and rough hewn pit-ready street anthems like "Red Dawn." Speaking of the latter, it completely rages, building up to an impossibly mighty call-and-response chorus. It's nearly ridiculous, and it would be in the hands of some one-note Exploited clone, but the Riptides are too smart and chase it with the self-depreciating Ramones-styled "Bonehead." It's those pairs that make this so enjoyable. Witness the sweet surf-punk of "China Doll" slated alongside the blunt-to-perfection "I Wanna Riot." I almost don't want to hear these songs on their own, the arrangement is so important. Andy Vandal can be Joe Queer one song and Al Barr in the next.

Could anyone have produced this but Mass Giorgini? Are there any more like-minded labelmates than Teenage Bottlerocket and the Lillingtons? I love that this band's positioned exactly where they should be and there's no questioning their intentions. They've set out to be nothing more and nothing less than a fun punk rock act and they've made it look effortless while keeping it vital.

 

 
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manincognito (February 19, 2007)

a great band dedicated to screeching weasel-type punk rock mixed with slight hardcore overtones makes this album and this band kickass. realsed in Canada off an amazing label, this band is not one to forget about.

millman (February 17, 2007)

great cd, great live show, too bad their drummer can't hold his booze

danielsan (February 17, 2007)

vitally important for clearing out the toxins and impurities that build up in the genre. They're white blood cells, if you will.

What are you, racist?

Anonymous (February 16, 2007)

Love the label like I love my gun.

Anonymous (February 16, 2007)

Awesome band. Amazing record. Definitely worth checking out if you like Screeching Weasel or The Queers.

branden (February 16, 2007)

good live band

Uppie (February 16, 2007)

Good review. I especially agree with you comments about how you have to listen to this as an album and not a bunch of singles. While I like each song on its own, this album really shines when you listen to it in its entirety.

I love how much fun this album is. There's nothing complicated about this album. It's fun, fast, up beat rock n roll. I've got nothing against artsy, thought provoking music, but everyone needs an album that they can turn up real loud and rock out to. Every couple of years a new band comes out with an album that reminds us that rock n roll is suppose to be fun. The Teenage Bottlerocket's came out with that album a couple of years ago. I think The Riptides have done the same thing with their latest.

thebiglebowski (February 16, 2007)

I like every song but Red Dawn

Anonymous (February 16, 2007)

I LOVE the Riptides!!!!!!

"Hang Out" is SICK!!!

MrStylson (February 16, 2007)

Score is for Red Scare giving us outstanding Ramones-core bands.

Anonymous (February 16, 2007)

this album sucks ass. i want my money back.

ryanrockwell (February 16, 2007)

This album is great!

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