Buck-O-Nine - Sustain (Cover Artwork)


Buck-O-Nine: SustainSustain (2007)
Asian Man Records

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It's been over seven years since the lads in Buck-O-Nine have released a proper album, the last being 1999's Libido. The band certainly hasn't lost any of their spark however, and don't look like they intend on slowing down anytime soon. Releasing Sustain on Asian Man Records last month, they certai.
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It's been over seven years since the lads in Buck-O-Nine have released a proper album, the last being 1999's Libido. The band certainly hasn't lost any of their spark however, and don't look like they intend on slowing down anytime soon. Releasing Sustain on Asian Man Records last month, they certainly know how to keep the party rolling.

If it's not quite clear to you from looking at the ??ska man' on the front cover of the album that you're in for one hell of a skanking time, it certainly will come apparent from listening to the first few seconds of album opener "I'm Not Dead." It bursts the album open with a great horn selection intro until it's overlapped with Buck-O-Nine's very distinguishable vocalist Jon Pebsworth, who sings the lyrics, "Make me wanna pop make me wanna go, if anybody's listening, it makes me wanna know." Next up is "Cook Me Into the Bowl," which was released on the band's MySpace previous to the album's release. Listening to the first few seconds of the song, what instantly springs to mind is Tim Armstrong's "Hold On" from his solo album A Poet's Life released earlier this year. The song is a definite highlight of the album; it's catchy and extremely upbeat, reminiscent of the band's hit single "My Town." The pace speeds up even more for the next song, "Screamin' from the Suburbs," which evidently starts off with the band slightly screaming the title of the track repeatedly. Definitely a good song, but one I find too repetitive for repeated listens.

"Lie to Me" starts off with a reggae-type feel which I can't help but sense would definitely suit a Mighty Mighty Bosstones song, only to be cut off once again with the band's unique vocals. This song definitely slashes the ??joyful' mood the album had going; it has a very dark, depressing feel about it which is backed up by the more serious grim vocal tone used. "Nothing Left to Lose" finds the band playing very fast ska with great horns, but the vocals don't seem to match up with the speed that the rest of the band is playing at. While I'm not sure if this was their intentions, it unexpectingly seems to pay off with an enjoyable song. The same can be said about "Less Than Comfortable," a good song which follows in the same vein as the rest of the album, even including a rap/reggae-inspired verse and an appealing guitar piece, backed up the band's typical ska beat. If it wasn't for the unique vocal parts at times, then you would be forgiven for mistaking "Slow Me Down" as a simple Reel Big Fish song. The intro of "I Am One" goes hand in hand with a lot of Mad Caddies reggae songs -- a great song to just sit there and chill to, letting the rhythm run wild through your body.

While your body is in the mindset of the reggae feel from the last song, you will quickly be picked up again with the next song and have you skanking in no time. With a very fast-paced, funky beat, "Silence" is over within 2:47, leaving you asking for more. The last song, "Let's Drink" starts off with a simple punk rock feel and never gets too much into the horns; it certainly features them but is never a huge part of the song, unlike many of the other tracks that feature a lot of horns on Sustain. The CD ends with the band singing, "Come on down and have a drink with me," a great way to end a great CD.

If you're a fan of third wave ska, or just ska-punk in general then it is quite likely you will get a lot of enjoyment from Sustain. It's a very fun, upbeat record; it isn't ground-breaking, but it is certainly done very well by one of the best bands within the ska-punk genre. It displays good doses of ska, reggae and punk rock, fusing it all together exceptionally well. If you were disappointed with Less Than Jake's latest effort because of the lack of ska, then this will certainly hold you over until Vinnie works out where the band went wrong.


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knowyouronionn (February 19, 2008)

enjoyable all the way through. one of the more decent ska bands that actually stuck with the ska sound. as for the vocals, yeah whatever they're not that great, but it gives the band a hell of a lot of character.

Cos (September 11, 2007)

I always thought "Barfly" was the best this band ever did. Its the closest the 90's ever got to the first Specials album: a good party record with a good selection of covers (I'm counting 4 on here, and they're all good). Otherwise, Buck O Nine is a decent band with good musicians and catchy harmonies who seem to specialize in over-wrought horn parts and songs that last 2 minutes longer than needed.

letmego (September 9, 2007)

forgot to post my score

Less Than Comfortable is really good

letmego (September 9, 2007)

Best year for ska music for sure i must say

another solid release

Ianw (September 8, 2007)

ska haha

internetsanta (September 7, 2007)

rehashing from a band that really never had anything to hash in the first place. 4 stars??????????

punk_rawk_show (September 7, 2007)

Haha yay my first review ever. Yea i found that the lyrics were not up to top notch either

skankin_in_the_pit (September 7, 2007)

Above average, not great. But it really is like having an old friend back in town. 28 teeth is one of my favorite ska-punk albums, and I really love everything they've done, so I didn't expect this to be as good as the older stuff. Still, I'm really happy to have a new album. I could see this growing on me over time, though.

kirbypuckett (September 7, 2007)

Boring record. 28 Teeth is all you need to own from this band. Oh, and their cover of "Pass the Dutchee."

- Kirby

cuffer (September 7, 2007)

This is probably the most pleasant surprise of the year. I've never really been that big of fan of Buck-o-Nine, but this cd is fantastic. I think it's actually better than their old stuff. I hope they tour the east coast.

chipsahoycookie (September 7, 2007)

This album was decent. I love this band and was excited for this. The only letdown was the singing in half the songs. I like Jon's normal voice way better. It sounds kind of cheesy when he tries to make his voice scruffy. The lyrics kind of lack at moments too. The music rules and it's great to finally hear their new(er) bass player and drummer on record. Anyway, their live show are still top notch and I hope they put out another record real soon instead of waiting forever.

telegraphrocks (September 7, 2007)

Pumped as hell when I heard they were putting out a new record, got it, thought it was fun, but I don't see myself listening to it a lot in the future (unless they actually come back and play Chicago).

I got "Barfly" back in 95 from my cousin, and loved the shit out of it... it's still their best.

Oldpunkerforever (September 7, 2007)

this was like hearing an old friend, good cd-oldpunker

baseball (September 7, 2007)

stuck this on my Asian Man order of the Chris Wollard/Mike Hale 7"

this is fun nostalgia ska punk album, definitely sounds like it could have been released 10 years ago

music sounds great, vocals are decent, lyrics are generally poor but it's not like that's why i bought this anyway

"Less Than Comfortable" is definitely the best song on here

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