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Shock Nagasaki

Shock Nagasaki: Year of the SpyYear of the Spy (2006)
TKO Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Punk rock is alive and well in the hearts, minds, and instruments of Shock Nagasaki. Simplicity is the name of their rousing and infectious game, and when delivered with just the amount of grit and punch, you are left with the half-hour of goodness that is Year of the Spy. So many existing punk b.
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Punk rock is alive and well in the hearts, minds, and instruments of Shock Nagasaki. Simplicity is the name of their rousing and infectious game, and when delivered with just the amount of grit and punch, you are left with the half-hour of goodness that is Year of the Spy.

So many existing punk bands feel the need to dress up or Pro Tool their songs to death, rendering them hollow shells of songs that once were -- but not Shock Nagasaki. They have the ability and they have the attitude to make the barest of musical bones feel as alive and as relevant as the bands who founded the genre in the first place.

"1968" sets the tone and sets the bar, a very high one, with a minute of riffing and snotty punk vocals that would put a bright smile on the face of Joey Ramone. Able to immediately do a lot with a little, the band's vocalist uses the strong gang vocal accompaniment to soar over the cutting distortion that pushes the song along. Not a quartet willing to let that momentum go by the wayside, the follow "1968" up with the positively anthemic "I Get High on Low Society." Energetic salvos of "I been down, I been dirty, dedicated to the underground / Got better things to do, than kiss corporate ass" rise above the pounding snare and thick bass resonating through the air.

The lyrical ideas certainly aren't treading new ground, but in an age where conviction is so often an afterthought, that's hardly anything to worry about. The fact of the matter is, no matter the words or the message, the way they're put across is raw, fun, and energetic. Luckily, the band doesn't slow a bit over the course of the record's 12 songs, sounding just as up tempo in the closer that bears the bands name as the one that started it all off.

No diversity? No problem.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 22, 2007)

I don't know about you, but 7/10 = 3.5/5 which is 'good'.

inagreendase (May 22, 2007)

Then why 3.5 out of 5? That would be slightly over mediocre.

Mediocre is a 5/10 (2.5/5). Slightly over mediocre would be a 5.5, which we don't even scale.

JaredK (May 22, 2007)

Reminds me of Cocksparrer....definitelty glad I picked this up, have been playing it routinely for afew months

Anonymous (May 22, 2007)

OK, so you say it's a really good punk rock record, right?
Then why 3.5 out of 5? That would be slightly over mediocre.

Anonymous (May 22, 2007)

this is a real great release, after tko had a phase releasing only second class bands they finally start releasing good bands again. Great stuff
also check out: The Beltones, Those Unknown

GlassPipeMurder (May 22, 2007)

i need to hear this.

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