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I Voted for Kodos

I Voted for Kodos: My New ObessionMy New Obession (2006)
Snapdragon Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


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When a record ends up being your last, you probably hope it will be a nice swan song, a good summary of your career. If My New Obsession is a swan song for the four years that I Voted for Kodos was performing, then as harsh as it sounds, perhaps it's a good thing I haven't heard any of their previou.
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When a record ends up being your last, you probably hope it will be a nice swan song, a good summary of your career. If My New Obsession is a swan song for the four years that I Voted for Kodos was performing, then as harsh as it sounds, perhaps it's a good thing I haven't heard any of their previous releases.

While I Voted for Kodos used to be a ska band (and a few ska moments definitely come through), this album is rarely more than Fueled by Ramen-esque pop-punk with a few horns and moog thrown in the mix. Just imagine a mixture of early Fall Out Boy and the Rocket Summer with the aforementioned horns and you're probably close to the mark.

The more ska-influenced songs are definitely the highlights here, and though they are few and far between, they do have their fun moments. The verses in "Please Die in a Fire" or "Three Days ??Til Rome" are great ska bits, but then the chorus takes away anything that the song had going for it. This seems to often be the case with My New Obsession: a fair amount of potential that isn't fulfilled. Though some of the songs sound like they have the potential to be rather catchy, there's something horribly depressing about singer Rick Bisenius' voice. Though pop-punk might often contain lyrics that mope over lost love, it's usually done in a fun and upbeat manner, but that's not the case here. Though Bisenius has a good voice, it often doesn't fit the tone of the music, and sometimes the lyrics and music can veer close to the territory of bad "screamo." I mean, really bad "screamo." "These Scars Won't Heal Themselves" stands out like a sore thumb with grating background screams and lyrical gems like "this is the way you break my heart / no one bleeds as much as I do / cut myself to feel just like you."

I suppose that I Voted for Kodos did the right thing in calling it quits. My New Obsession reveals a band confused as to which direction to take, stumbling to mix various influences into one convoluted disc, and it would seem that retirement was the best option. Now we can only hope that the show that inspired the band's name will do the same.

 


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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.
awkward_turtle84 (July 11, 2007)

and rick has a point
who the hell listens to the same shit for 6 years?
if you listen to different stuff
you might wana play different stuff
ik of another band that changed stuff
sublime
and look at them
they were/are amazing
GAH you piss me off

awkward_turtle84 (July 11, 2007)

first of all
whoever wrote this fucking reveiw is a jackass

and just cause its not all the same music makes it bad
oh yea
cause everyone in the world listens to ONE type of music you fucker

and his voice doesnt fit?
umm ok,
your a fucktard
and no one
i mean
NO ONE
can say a band is bad
because w/ music
its all about opinion
maybe thats your opinion
but personally
i think your oppinion fucking sucks
aaaand ik a bunch more SKAPPLETON atendees would agree w/ me,

and to all of you making fun of them,
and their last concert (that was just about the best day of my life)
heres a song for you

i hope you die in a fire
and the smoke fills up your lungs
untill you fucking choke
and the last thing that you'll see
is a silloutte of me
laughing at you
cause i fucking hate you
...

rickfight (June 29, 2007)

oh, and steveman, we didn't fire our entire horn section. In fact, the only people that stuck with this band from the beginning were Lee (Mellophone) and me (trombone). So fuck off.

also, those lyrics you quoted are from our first album, which is a ska album. there's this technique often used by ska bands for writing ska lyrics to ska songs called "tongue in cheek" you should look it up on wikipedia.

-rick

rickfight (June 29, 2007)

for the record, we didn't "grow up, graduate from college, and only get together once every few months" we grew up, graduated from college, and then went on tour non-stop for nearly four years. also, sorry that my musical influences changed between when I was 19 and wrote our first album and when I was 25 and wrote this album. I should learn to be more like all of you and listen to the exact same CDs for my entire life. I'm sure you're all still holding true to the Ace of Bass cassette tapes you were rocking when you were in middle school.

-rick

Anonymous (June 29, 2007)

The fact that punknews gave "My New Obession" 1 1/2 stars and gave this album 4 1/2 stars and calls it "nearly perfect" perfectly demonstrates everything that's wrong with the music scene in this country.

Anonymous (June 29, 2007)

If this band is guilty of anything on this album, they're guilty of trying to be the RX Bandits.

davebrave4 (June 28, 2007)

I saw their "last show" a couple months ago (they've had more last shows than I can count) and they had the youngest audience I've ever seen. Half the kids literally looked like middle schoolers. They also had the lamest ending to a band I've ever seen: the entire crowd of middle schoolers got on the stage and tried to skank, and the singer got onto a balcony above the stage to finish the last song.

steveman (June 28, 2007)

"How does a band that never made any money whatsoever "sell out"? "

That's the point. They were a great ska band but never made any money or got recognition. They hated it. There are songs about how if they don't get signed they are just going to give up.

"We'd just play our hearts out every single night
But if it doesn't happen soon, we're going to give up the fight"

The fact that they dropped their entire horn section and changed to a lame attempt at the flavor of the month poppunk is a blatant last desperate effort to get some recognition.

In a way it's really sad. They were one of the best ska bands in the midwest, but set their sights too high and ruined a very good thing.

SilentStorms (June 28, 2007)

At least their band name is good. Someone should seriously name their band "I'm on-a-rolla-gay". That'd be fucking sweeeeeeeeeet. Score is for band name's that quote wicked Simpsons shite.

Anonymous (June 27, 2007)

I actually liked this band and liked this album. It was refreshing to hear good pop-punk from a young band. They were better than all the other bands you've compared them to. They remind me more of a Motion City Soundtrack-type, where some songs do try too hard to be poppy, but the good songs are good songs. 7/10.

Their name: 10/10.

Vincent_M (June 27, 2007)

"good charlotte and simple plan may be bad, but they aren't sellouts..."

You're a damn moron. How are you gonna tell me that what Good Charlotte is playing now (like that horrible 'Get Your Hands Off My Girl') is ANYTHING like the fun stuff they played on The Young And The Hopeless? They're the worst kind of trend hoppers.

As for IV4K, the Not Penis Cream EP was awesome and their first full length was really good ska, but this sucks.

Anonymous (June 26, 2007)

If there weren't any negative reviews on this site, I probably wouldn't bother looking at any of the reviews. The negative ones are the most fun to read.

Anonymous (June 26, 2007)

How does a band that never made any money whatsoever "sell out"? Yeah, they changed their style. If you were in a ska band, maybe you'd want a little change after a while, too. It's true that this record is very different from their others, but there was a significant length of time between this one and the last.

I don't believe that the change in style is the result of a plot to get signed and make money. I think that the band members just didn't know where to take the band anymore. When all the members of your high-school garage band grow up, graduate from college, and only get together once every few months, it's bound to happen.

Dispelling retarded "sell out" comments aside, this record is not very good. It has some good ideas, but the songwriting is weak. It's too bad, because IV4K used to be Wisconsin's best ska band, and one of the better Wisconsin bands in general... not that there ever were that many.

inagreendase (June 26, 2007)

What dakotacore said.

There's no point in a reviews section if every review is positive.

This point has been run into the ground. Just stop.

Anonymous (June 26, 2007)

this band is the definition of sellout to me. good charlotte and simple plan may be bad, but they aren't sellouts...they always sounded the same. this band used to be a pretty good ska band and very fun live. last time i saw them live a little over a year ago i thought i was at a screamo show of some poser band jumping on the bandwagon. this band is a disgrace!

dakotacore (June 26, 2007)

Why would you review an album and give it a 3. What is the point? I think this site should be more positive. I haven't even heard of this band but this review seems pretty pointless. Why not put up a review of a good record, and help expose a good band instead of cutting down a band.

Uh, why wouldn't you review an album and give it a 3 if it deserved a 3? I think you might want to check out a different site that is headed up my a Mr. Tate. They do that kinda crap over there. Really, that is the dumbest statement I have ever heard. This site does tons of work to help emerging bands. Don't be an idiot anymore. Please.

Anonymous (June 26, 2007)

i met their old bassist working at a porn store in wisconsin on wednesday. we talked about bands and tattoos and porn.

Hey_Asshole (June 26, 2007)

i once new a girl who was obsessed with this band...back when they still played ska.

i told her she was retarded

Anonymous (June 26, 2007)

i voted for kodos is a piece of shit! fuck you i oted for kodos. you failure sellout motherfuckers very few bands do i hate as much as this one

Anonymous (June 26, 2007)

Why would you review an album and give it a 3. What is the point? I think this site should be more positive. I haven't even heard of this band but this review seems pretty pointless. Why not put up a review of a good record, and help expose a good band instead of cutting down a band.

brown (June 26, 2007)

"I didn't vote for Bush"

"I Voted for Kodos!"

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