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Orange: Escape from L.A.Escape from L.A. (2007)
Hellcat Records

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Was there a point in the early years of this century when Tim Armstrong cracked and everything went a bit wrong? Surely the first place to look would be the Transplants first album -- a band whose only positive feature is that you don't have to buy it, not that it stopped many a curious Rancid/Hellc.
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Was there a point in the early years of this century when Tim Armstrong cracked and everything went a bit wrong? Surely the first place to look would be the Transplants first album -- a band whose only positive feature is that you don't have to buy it, not that it stopped many a curious Rancid/Hellcat fan (me included) from the mistaken purchase of such guff.

But the Give 'Em the Boot III compilation of 2002 (same year as the Transplants) featured the standard run of Hellcat names and it didn't give any hint of the depths Armstrong would start to plunge to in the near future.

The break-up of Armstrong's marriage in 2003 resulted in the first truly poor Rancid album, Indestructible. The cracks were well-concealed otherwise -- the following years' Give 'Em the Boot was a by-numbers affair of Rancid's friends and family and the Lars Fredrickson album was decent, even if the ghetto-punx posturing was getting slightly out of hand.

In 2005, they sank further and further without a hint of returning: not only was there another Transplants album, which seemed even worse than the first, but the shortest Give 'Em the Boot yet (18 tracks opposed to the previous 20+ ones) featured the usual suspects amongst suspicious names such as Time Again, Left Alone, Heart Attacks, Static Thought and Orange. Orange Who?

Having written the above and then listening to the first eight tracks of their second album, Escape from L.A., those first eight tracks are enough to give up on Hellcat completely…and if it weren't for the Slackers, I probably would.

This venture into pop-punk played by a street punk band with songs and lyrics written by not particularly talented 15-year-olds and sung by an Armstrong wannabe is like trying to get to sleep whilst someone is banging 12-inch nails into your kneecaps whilst singing along to the Cheeky Girls in a very out-of-tune way. Or, indeed, singing along to the Transplants.

It seems to hit a specific mark where everything is particularly annoying and makes you hate everyfuckingthing with a Hellcat logo and want Tim Armstrong to be the victim of a drive-by shooting by rival ghetto-punx. It seems to encompass everything Armstrong and Rancid have come to represent -- limp, posing, immature, embarrassing caricatures that have nothing to offer except disappointment to those they used to offer excitement and joy to.

The irony of the whole album is that, after the unimaginative cover of "Karma Chameleon" (the Culture Club song), the hidden joke song has some great thrash metal riffage.

 

 
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kram1234 (September 21, 2009)

this sucks ass

Ilovesuckingdick69 (September 12, 2009)

stupid motherfuckers i can tell by the pic. fuck you!

fuck you orange

tylerk (October 9, 2008)

This band REALLY needs to stop playing music.

android (November 10, 2007)

"It seems to encompass everything Armstrong and Rancid have come to represent -- limp, posing, immature, embarrassing caricatures that have nothing to offer except disappointment to those they used to offer excitement and joy to. "

couldn´t have said it any better.

mullenbix (November 9, 2007)

hey people stop raggin on tim armstrong, what's that? yes he is the one who made it, not you. and this cd definitely worth a listen

ahoitherr (November 5, 2007)

why does every band on Hellcat sound like or try to sound like Rancid? Is that a signing criteria?

xthispoisonwellx (November 5, 2007)

someones anti-armstrong.

TheMike (November 4, 2007)

Taken from the news post (http://www.punknews.org/article/26222):

"We've decided that rather than subject you to some of the truly horrifying rants that we've collected, we'll tighten the tap just a bit. By next year things should be back to normal. "

This posting, supposedly about the new Orange album, is a rant. Not a review. A review is supposed to describe the content of the item in question.

rkl (November 4, 2007)

you must be new here...

the reviews were cut back to one day/wk b/c they dont have enough to post 14/wk anymore. the backlogs been cleared.

TheMike (November 3, 2007)

I'm not complaining about any review, mainly because there's no real "review" to complain about. My point is that this shit should not have been posted. Especially with the whole cutting back to one day of reviews per week to cut out senseless rants like this one.

rkl (November 3, 2007)

for all those complaining about the review
step 1: write your own review
step 2: shut the fuck up

MN_punkmaster-skaman (November 3, 2007)

This was a terrible review based on the fact that there is more complaining about Tim Armstrong than there is of the album itself. I mean...what the hell does Armstrong have to do with the band being so bad?! And who cares that "Give 'Em The Boot Vol. V" had 18 tracks compared to the other ones with only 3 more. Hellcat is still a good label with bands like Westbound Train, the Aggrolites, Time Again, Left Alone, the Slackers, and Nekromatix.

brown (November 2, 2007)

"This is probably the best pop punk album I've heard all year."

dude...seriously... dude..

ItsAgiftAndAcurse (November 2, 2007)

I can't believe none of you like this album! This is just a fun, catchy, pop punk album. It's not trying to be anything special.

This is probably the best pop punk album I've heard all year.

screeching_bottlerocket (November 1, 2007)

terrible review. it barely talks about the album at all.

also, i don't think orange sounds like rancid at all or that the singer of orange is a tim armstrong wannabe.

CCSummers (November 1, 2007)

what a bad review

Dudley_Shale (November 1, 2007)

Shitty, shitty, shitty, shitty.

Really shitty.

marooned (October 31, 2007)

On the topic of Tim, I ran into him recently, and the guy looks seriously ill—like cancer patient status. So I'm not gonna' hold it against him for signing an awful band.

GlassPipeMurder (October 31, 2007)

listened to this once and though it wasn't great, certainly better than the reviewer made it out to be.

jercjast (October 31, 2007)

This band put on one of the worst live shows I've ever seen. I can't understand why they were opening for the phenomenauts. No one in the crowd cared for them and they hit every shitty stereotype for this kind of shitty band.

TheMike (October 31, 2007)

I'm just annoyed that this rubbish was posted at all. A good review of some other album could have easily taken this one's place. If you're going to write a review, write a review. Don't be a belligerent child.

DJGootch (October 31, 2007)

yes the review was more about Tim Armstrong than the CD...but if it was only about the cd, it would be a 3 sentence review.

"Orange is a terrible "band" (i use the term on them VERY loosely) and should kill themselves immediately. This, like everything else they will ever do, sucks total dick. Don't bother looking at this album, and if you do, burn your eyes out."

end of review, happy?

T-Rock (October 31, 2007)

This is far from a good album, but I actually think it's better than the Mayday Parade record reviewed right below it.

Also, can somebody review the Madina Lake album. It's been out for a long while. I think it would look a lot like this review, and I need a laugh. That band is sooo bad.

ExtraCheesePizza (October 31, 2007)

So half the review isn't even about the album, and the half that does mention the album, only mentions it to back up his other rant. Great, thanks.

HonestAbe (October 31, 2007)

how bout the idea that the dude has been makinf music for around 20 years. Most people don't maintain the same quality level over that long course of time....esepecially in such a limited genre, where everything has to sound "punk rock"....when he tried to expand during Life Won't wait everyone gave him shit, but that's probably up in the top 1 o2 alobums he's ever put out

HangoutMatt (October 31, 2007)

I give Tim Armstrongs personal life a 4/10. I thought the pacing was poor and the plot lost some focus near the end.

telegraphrocks (October 31, 2007)

Eh, the first Transplants album was like a 7/10, and Haunted Cities wasn't THAT bad. Maybe a 5/10. Half kind of sucked donkey-balls, but the other half was kind of enjoyable.
Eh, maybe 4/10.

MelbourneVic (October 31, 2007)

thats true, D.R.E.A.M did suck bad...thats kinda what the second album is like.....all the way through.....

MelbourneVic (October 31, 2007)

thats true, D.R.E.A.M did suck bad...thats kinda what the second album is like.....all the way through.....

maverick (October 31, 2007)

I actually really like the first Transplants album, except for "D.R.E.A.M." I never heard the second one, though.

-Scott

R3vengeTherapy (October 30, 2007)

Shitty band, but did you need to include the rant about Tim Armstrong? You kinda just made yourself look like a prick, really. Next time, stick to making the album look bad, not the man who signed the band.

TheMike (October 30, 2007)

Not to be over critical, but I thought the idea of posting only one set of reviews a week was to avoid publishing half-assed rants like this one?

TahoeJeff (October 30, 2007)

I'm sure this album probably sucks, but could the next review actually be about the album?

cherrycolarain (October 30, 2007)

It may be an out of focus review but, I totally agree. Somewhere along the line, Armstrong fucking lost it completely.

MelbourneVic (October 30, 2007)

....i'll admit....i liked the first transplants album...though the second was way too ghetto for me....orange on the other hand... always have and seemingly always will suck....

ConsolationPrizefighter (October 30, 2007)

Orange you glad you don't have to buy this either? Yuk yuk yuk!

...don't worry I kinda hate myself for that too.

COMMODORE_STRYCHNINE (October 30, 2007)

Thanks for the over view on Hellcat records history (totally unrelated to the review of Orange). The Aggrolites are currently the best thing Hellcat has going but Hellcat is still a very good label minus a few bands they currently have signed (and a few previous ones no longer signed). Their track record is pretty good, Hepcat, DKM, Slackers, Rancid, etc...

TheMike (October 30, 2007)

That was quite the Tim Armstrong review.

Bob_Slydell (October 30, 2007)

I thought this would be a review for some reason, and not some guy complaining about the state of rancid and hellcat...

branden (October 30, 2007)

"a band whose only positive feature is that you don’t have to buy it"

haha what a great line.

punkengineer (October 30, 2007)

Hellcat is pretty bad but it still has The Unseen, Tiger Army, and Time Again which are all respectable bands.

inagreendase (October 30, 2007)

Sooooo bad.

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