Suburban Legends - Infectious (Cover Artwork)

Suburban Legends

Suburban Legends: InfectiousInfectious (2007)

Reviewer Rating: 0.5
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I became increasingly dissatisfied with the direction the band was taking. I mean, they all thought Aaron Carter was a musical genius...seriously. So, they kicked me out. -Chris Batstone, former lead singer (kicked out in early 2002) I'll admit, 2003's Rump Shaker was a guilty pleasure. That rar.
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I became increasingly dissatisfied with the direction the band was taking. I mean, they all thought Aaron Carter was a musical genius...seriously. So, they kicked me out.
-Chris Batstone, former lead singer (kicked out in early 2002)

I'll admit, 2003's Rump Shaker was a guilty pleasure. That rare "third-wave after third-wave was dead" album struck a chord with me. The music was derivative of the countless third-wave bands that'd come and gone, the lyrics vapid and hollow, and production that sounded like it was recorded in the men's room at the local Denny's. But I'll be damned if it wasn't a fun album that received its share of spins with the windows rolled down that summer.

After countless lineup changes and the loss of tromboner Dallas Cook, the band released the 2006 EP Dance Like Nobody's Watching (or, if you live in Japan, the full-length Dance Like Nobody's Watching: Tokyo Nights). It marked a drastic change in the band's sound. Though it still had plenty of horns, it was all funk and disco and no ska. Unfortunately, Infectious followed in its footsteps.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Considering they've played more shows in Disneyland than they have outside of California, I shouldn't have expected much in the first place. That much time in such a sanitized environment is bound to take its toll on anyone. But I never took the above Aaron Carter quote seriously. I just thought Batstone was putting a humorous spin on being kicked out of the band.

If this was the first album these guys had put out, I'd at least be able to write them off and forget they ever existed. But that's not the case, and the fact that I found their last album enjoyable and the fact that this album and the prior EP were almost four years in the making just makes this a slap in the face. That this also reeks of bandwagon-jumping doesn't help. These guys stuck with ska years after it was no longer profitable, and I admired that. But such a sudden shift in sound toward the likes of Cobra Starship and Men, Women & Children is too much to ignore.

Honestly, the only good thing this album has going for it is that the production is infinitely better than Rump Shaker.

But a polished turd is still a turd.


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lissarage (August 18, 2007)

Suburban Legends has been amazing from the start, pre and post Vince. First of all, they sound nothing like Cobra Starship or any of the other "hop on the bandwagon" bands, and they're STILL just as original as they were before. Who cares if they sound ska anymore? Their music is fun their shows are fun and involved, and they're incredibly connected to their fans. I hate that people get all pissy when bands decide to take a different direction, if you don't like it, don't listen to it. But don't talk shit, it's stupid.

Anonymous (August 12, 2007)

band/their friends are so so clearly commenting on their own reviews its sad. at least have the dignity to do it in your own name and b) go to a website where someone is actually going to buy the record anyways...

Anonymous (August 12, 2007)

hmm. i'm not sure if this album sucks or not, but i'm more than positive that this review sucks a whole lot more. ive seen these guys a few times and i was never interested, but when put horrible music next to a review as slight and pathetic as this one, i'd choose something "really poppy" over that any day.

skaboom (August 12, 2007)

Dallas must be rolling over in his grave.

Break up guys, you're the reason most people hate ska.

Anonymous (August 12, 2007)

what really sucks worse than this album is my stinking suspicion that someone in the suburban legends is commenting on their own review. get a life guys... i smell a turd.

Scruffy (August 12, 2007)

Guys, guys. The Suburban Legends have ALWAYS sucked.

Anonymous (August 12, 2007)

No, fuck YOU.

Anonymous (August 11, 2007)

Fuck this review.

GlassPipeMurder (August 11, 2007)

Funk is what the Supertones devolved to right before they realized it was a terrible idea and broke up.

That said, the songs on SL's purevolume are pretty catchy if not cheesy. damn.

elephantdwarf (August 11, 2007)

the only "pop" music i'll be listening to anytime soon is Lily Allen, thanks.

neffernin (August 11, 2007)

hey elephant man! Hey haters! Go listen to this album, its 100% non-ska! Its actually pop music! I'm sure you would love it.

elephantdwarf (August 11, 2007)

well... thats my opinion. if you like ska, you have bad taste in music. opinion. but a good one.

fallingupwards84 (August 11, 2007)

i love ska including RBF, but this band is terrible. saw them open for Streetlight and RBF last year and i felt like i was watching a Kids Bop concert

that being said, the comment about Disneyland was pretty irresponsible considering this band tours more than most of the bands on this website.

Anonymous (August 11, 2007)

Bad taste?

There's no such thing.

Different people like different bands.

What's your problem?

elephantdwarf (August 11, 2007)

these comments have taught me that people with bad taste in music get really pissed when you bring up their bad taste in music.

Anonymous (August 11, 2007)

"Considering they've played more shows in Disneyland than they have outside of California."

You're fucking stupid.

You need to fucking get your facts straight before you even think about voicing shit like that.

As a person below me already stated, they toured a hell of a lot during '06-'07.

How about doing some fucking research before stating the claim quoted above?

Fucking retard.

Anonymous (August 11, 2007)

Bands fucking change.

Get the hell over it already.

Don't like it? Fucking leave.

It's official, you people are morons.

neffernin (August 11, 2007)

I didn't really like their last album that much... it was ok... they are not ska anymore though. This is straight up pop music; and really bad pop music at that. What happened to the old suburban legends?

Anonymous (August 11, 2007)

People talking about the "way they prance on stage" and how they've changed since Rump Shaker must not realize they still choreographed their sets back when that was their main release. The only thing that's changed is the music. Whether or not anyone likes the change in music is a different story.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

It doesn't matter if RBF's lyrics are depressing. The music is so sickeningly happy that I want to poke holes in my eardrums.

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Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

ska has to be one of the worst genre of music. and it's funny that so many people on here agree.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

RBF is the stupid man's favorite band.

Matthew330 (August 10, 2007)

RBF is an easy target for stupid people.

CoD (August 10, 2007)

I really hope that one guy down there doesn't think that because of Reel Big Fish people think ska is "happy" music. RBF's lyrics are some of the most depressing shit ever.

fuzzy (August 10, 2007)

This band is fucking terrible. It's everything bad about the 3rd Wave wrapped up into a neat little package that's easy to hate.

Matthew330 (August 10, 2007)

"It's very poppy"

Pop music can be described as "very poppy". Good observation.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

Who gives a shit. They're doing what they wanna do and still entertaining a hell of a lot of people. Good for them.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

Who gives a shit whether they tour or not. Since s/t and rump shaker, this band has fucking sucked. When I saw them at ISC last year, I felt embarassed for them, the way they pranced around on stage, all in pink like a bunch of fucking fairies playing some shit wannabe disco music.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

"I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Considering they've played more shows in Disneyland than they have outside of California, I shouldn't have expected much in the first place. That much time in such a sanitized environment is bound to take its toll on anyone."

Trust a reviewer who has done his research. Not this guy (unless he is talking about shows they did 4 years ago when they released Rump - which wouldnt make any sense). This band tours their ass off, and puts on a GREAT LIVE SHOW! They actually entertain their crowds, something other bands should take a hint from.

07/05/06 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
07/06/06 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Th./Church
07/07/06 Boise, ID The Venue
07/08/06 Seattle, WA El Corazon (Formerly Graceland)
07/09/06 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
07/11/06 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
07/12/06 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
07/13/06 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
07/14/06 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
07/15/06 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
07/16/06 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
07/17/06 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
07/19/06 Saint Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
07/20/06 Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar
07/21/06 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
07/22/06 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
07/23/06 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
07/24/06 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Fun House/Theatre
07/25/06 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero & Balcony Bar
07/26/06 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
07/27/06 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey
07/28/06 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
07/29/06 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre / Underground
08/05/06 Latham, NY Saratoga Winners
08/06/06 Worcester, MA The Palladium
08/08/06 Wilmington, NC Soapbox
08/09/06 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
08/10/06 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
08/11/06 Jacksonville, FL Thee Imperial
08/12/06 West Palm Beach, FL Respectable St. Cafe
08/13/06 Saint Petersburg, FL State Theatre
08/14/06 Orlando, FL The Social
08/15/06 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
08/16/06 Metairie, LA High Ground
08/17/06 Houston, TX Meridian
08/18/06 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
08/19/06 Lewisville, TX Fat Daddy's Sound Shack

09/22/06 - Verge - San Rafael, CA
09/23/06 - Apple Store - San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
09/26/06 - Chico State University | BMU Auditorium

w/ Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto
10/24/06 Belly Up - Aspen, CO
10/25/06 Mesa Theatre - Grand Junction, CO
10/27/06 The Avalon - Los Angeles, CA
10/28/06 Emory University - Atlanta, GA
10/30/06 The New Oasis - Reno,NV
10/31/06 House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
11/01/06 Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
11/02/06 The Fillmore - San Fransisco, CA
11/03/06 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
11/04/06 Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
11/05/06 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/07/06 Big Easy Concert House - Boise, ID
11/08/06 Big Easy Concert House - Spokane, WA
11/09/06 Warehouse - Calgary, AB
11/10/06 Starlight Room - Edmonton, AB
11/11/06 Louis Pub - Saskatoon, SK
11/12/06 Ramada - Winnipeg, MB
11/14/06 Playmaker's Pavillion - Fargo, ND
11/15/06 Barrymore Theatre - Madison, WI
11/16/06 Clearwater Theater - West Dundee, IL
11/17/06 Canopy Club - Champaign, IL
11/18/06 The Cellar - Youngstown, OH
11/19/06 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
11/20/06 Pearl Street - Northampton , MA
11/21/06 The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
11/22/06 The Avalon - Boston, MA
11/24/06 Mr. Small's Theatre - Millvale, PA
11/25/06 Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
11/26/06 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
11/27/06 Peppermint Beach Club - Virginia Beach, VA
11/28/06 The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
11/29/06 Roxy Theatre - Atlanta, GA
11/30/06 House of Blues - Mytrle Beach, SC
12/01/06 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
12/02/06 Sound Advice Amphitheatre - Buzz Bake Sale - West Palm Beach, FL
12/03/06 Plush - Jacksonville, FL
12/05/06 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
12/08/06 Fat Daddy‚??s Sound Shack ‚?? Lewisville, TX

12/20/06 Knitting Factory ‚?? Los Angeles, CA

w/ Reel Big Fish, Army of Freshmen
01/06/07 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
01/08/07 Albuquerque, NM
01/09/07 Tucson, AZ Rialto
01/11/07 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
01/12/07 Aguora Hills, CA The Canyon Club
01/13/07 Cabazon, CA Key Club @ Mornogo

w/ MC Lars and Patent Pending
02/01/07 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
02/02/07 Salt Lake City, UT - Project Audio Lounge
02/03/07 Las Vegas, NV - University Theater
02/04/07 Anaheim, CA ‚?? House of Blues
02/05/07 Victorville, CA ‚?? Trilogy Theater
02/06/07 San Marcos, CA ‚?? The Jumping Turtle
02/07/07 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
02/09/07 San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary
02/10/07 Lewisville, TX - Fat Daddys
02/11/07 Houston, TX - The Proliteriate
02/12/07 Metaire, LA - The High Ground
02/13/07 Tallahassee, FL - Beta Bar
02/14/07 Jacksonville, FL - Thee Imperial
02/15/07 St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
02/16/07 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
02/17/07 Orlando, FL - The Social
02/18/07 Gainesville, FL - 1982 Bar
02/19/07 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
02/20/07 Knoxville, TN - Bluecats
02/21/07 Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
02/22/07 Virginia Beach, VA - Jewish Mother
02/23/07 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
02/24/07 Bound Brook, NJ - Hamilton Street Café
02/25/07 Hartford, CT - Webster Underground
02/26/07 Providence, RI - The Living Room
02/27/07 Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
02/28/07 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
03/01/07 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
03/02/07 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
03/03/07 Chicago, IL - Champs
03/04/07 St Louis, MO - Ciceros
03/05/07 Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
03/07/07 Boise, ID - The Venue
03/08/07 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
03/09/07 Oakland, CA - Metro
03/12/07 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory

04/12/07 Chico, CA - Chico State University
04/13/07 San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brew
04/19/07 La Verne, CA - University of La Verne
04/20/07 Tucson, AZ - Scrappy's
04/21/07 Albuquerque, NM - University of New Mexico
04/22/07 Lake Havasu City, AZ - Havasu Underground

05/20/07 Santa Barbara, CA ‚?? UCSB Harder Stadium
05/31/07 Los Angeles, CA ‚?? Knitting Factory

07/11//07 Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
07/14/07 Easton, PA - Riverside Park Amphitheater
07/15/07 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

w/ Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer, Patent Pending, and Jet Lag Gemini
07/16/07 Wilkes-barre, PA - Cafe Metropolis
07/17/07 Syracuse, NY - Funk'n Waffles
07/18/07 Buffalo, NY - Xtreme Wheels
07/19/07 Cleveland, OH - The Agora Ballroom
07/20/07 Mokena, IL ‚?? The Sound Lab
07/21/07 Brighton, MI - Meijer Skate Park "Skate-a-que"
07/22/07 St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
07/23/07 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
07/24/07 Milwaukee, WI ‚?? Miramar Theater
07/25/07 Papillion, NE - The Rock
07/26/07 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
07/27/07 Salt Lake City, UT - Studio 600
07/29/07 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
07/30/07 San Francisco - Bottom of the Hill
07/31/07 Las Vegas, NV ‚?? Jillian‚??s
08/01/07 Tempe, AZ ‚?? The Sets
08/02/07 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
08/04/07 Lewisville, TX - Fat Daddy's Sound Shack
08/05/07 Houston, TX ‚?? Last Concert Cafe
08/06/07 Metaire, LA - The Higher Ground
08/09/07 Orlando, FL - The Social
08/10/07 Ybor City, FL - The Orpheum
08/11/07 West Palm Beach, FL - Ray's Downtown Blues Bar
08/12/07 Ocala, FL ‚?? The Capitol
08/13/07 Atlanta, GA ‚?? The Masquerade
08/14/07 Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
08/15/07 Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
08/16/07 New York, NY ‚?? Knitting Factory
08/17/07 South Hackensack, NJ - School of Rock
08/18/07 Farmingdale, NJ - Crazy Donkey
08/19/07 Hartford, CT ‚?? Webster Theater
08/20/07 Philadelphia, PA ‚?? Philafunk Live

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

This CD was a dissapointment at first, but it definetly grows on you.

I think your score is a little harsh. It's not great compared to Rump Shaker, but it's not a bad CD by any means, just VERY poppy.

elephantdwarf (August 10, 2007)

okay, anonymous. i'll take your word for it! keep playing that trombone!

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

elephant dwarf: you are a moron. that is all.

elephantdwarf (August 10, 2007)

"suburban legends and reel big fish are probably the only fuckin terrible ska bands out there"

hahahahahahah. that comment made me giggle. i don't like ska at all... but there's millions of high school ska bands... just sayin'.

and to reiterate... fuck ska. worst genre ever.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

choreographed dancing? jesus.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

this band is why people think ska is so happy and retarded. suburban legends and reel big fish are probably the only fuckin terrible ska bands out there. this is like the backstreet boys doing ska.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

I couldn't agree with the review more. I love Rump Shaker and the EP before it. Fun senseless third wave ska-pop. I always would describe them as a family-friendly RBF, or the boy-band of ska. And the choreographed concerts were always fun. Dance Like Nobody's watching really brought out the disco undertones you could hear in the previous albums. It took some getting used to, but it's a decent album. This album though, is shit. It sounds like second-rate Sugar Ray. And it's a pity because I saw them open a date on the RBF/LTJ/SM tour like 3 weeks ago, and they sounded great. Probably because they didn't play anything off of this album.


Neill_Cawley (August 10, 2007)

Oh, I get it. Since there is a Suburban Legends review you guys thought a Neill Cawley review would be too much gay for one day.

-Neill Cawley

-Still not a valid excuse.

-Where's the Neill Cawley review?

CoD (August 10, 2007)

FatTony, it appears taht you are dissing John Avila.

In any case, Batstone was the best singer these guys ever had.

Archangel (August 10, 2007)

People who play ska like to PICK IT UP.

HEYOOOO. But seriously, ska is stupid.

Matthew330 (August 10, 2007)

Play ska or GTFO.

tylerdurden8136 (August 10, 2007)

Agreed on all points.

Rumpshaker was so much fun and this doesn't even sound like the same band.

video_cognito (August 10, 2007)

Seriously... fuck this band.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

people who play ska need to give it up.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

These guys need to give it up.

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

bring back the CodeName: Rocky!!

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

It's not THAT bad. The first 3 songs and a few others are good for what they are, which is straight pop/rock/funk. That's not what you want to hear from a ska band, but it doesn't make the music any less good.

However, the So Fine, Stress, and Summer Crush are all really bad songs.

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