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Hoo boy, talk about one aspect of the band holding back the rest from greatness. It's frustrating enough for the listener -- I can't imagine how it must feel for the band. Counterpunch's self-titled debut suceeds musically while coming up short lyrically. Here's what's good about Counterpunch. .
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Hoo boy, talk about one aspect of the band holding back the rest from greatness. It's frustrating enough for the listener -- I can't imagine how it must feel for the band. Counterpunch's self-titled debut suceeds musically while coming up short lyrically.

Here's what's good about Counterpunch. The production is great. Every instrument is perfectly mixed, which can be difficult to attain on a smaller budget for whatever reason. The band's musicianship is sardine-in-a-tin-can tight, as if they've been playing these songs their entire adult lives. "A Shot from the Hip" is a fun ninety-second burst of pop-punk, and "An Idiot's Guide to Being an Asshole" enters some Ataris-lite territory but managed to hold my attention despite its four-minute length. These guys attended the A Wilhelm Scream school of shredding, too -- there's a lot of harmonics and soloing throughout the record, the drumming is consistently fantastic and the band's three contributing vocalists harmonize exceptionally well.

But the lyrics are just downright stupid and unfunny in some places. Track four, "Al Qaeda Hijacked My Mom's Poussoir" is so mind-blowingly bad it nearly ruins the other ten songs that surround it, and sends any momentum created by tracks one through three to a screeching halt. Here's a little taste of that shit sandwich, whether you want it or not: "Modern science has come so far / Electric scissors a Viagra car / I've got a plan that'll go off without a hitch / For a pill to make my mom less of a bitch / My mom is going insane." I mean...really? It's almost as if that song was included to make the surrounding songs appear lyrically brilliant, when in reality they're just passable.

That one song comes dangerously close to capsizing the ship, but overall this is a solid collection of pop-punk that could yield repeat listens, provided I can reach the skip button at the appropriate time.

 

 
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boredatwork999 (July 6, 2008)

this band is terrible. they are tight live but their songs are boring and they're a dime a dozen. lame.

punkinohio (March 1, 2008)

Your leap year might be one of the better songs i've ever heard.

Flossin (November 30, 2007)

This album rocked my face off. It was hard to put back on, but I figured it out. It's a swell album and the guys in the band are really swell I've heard.

ItsAgiftAndAcurse (November 26, 2007)

Good album. After my first listen I thought it was amazing but after three listens its starting to fall into mediocre range.

satan_on_wheels (November 26, 2007)

this band is tight as hell yes. but their songs are fucking aweful. fucking aweful. whoever said 3rd rate pop punk band nailed that one. fucking aweful.

punk_rawk_show (November 25, 2007)

remember downloading a couple of there songs a while ago that i never bothered to listen too. Their album cover reminds me of 5c Deposit 4 some reason

Splendidtune (November 24, 2007)

Great album, minus that one shit song. My band actually had a show with them a few days ago REALLY nice dudes, really awesome.

bigdaddy287 (November 24, 2007)

Phenomenal live band. Harmonies are just as tight live as on the record. Never really took the time to read a lot into the lyrics, mostly because I was just so damn happy they released something. Been going to their shows for a few years now...

sugarfull (November 24, 2007)

the second I saw this band's name, I knew they would be a thrid-rate pop-punk band.

fallingupwards84 (November 23, 2007)

haha wow those lyrics are pretty fucking bad

mynameisbud (November 22, 2007)

this is one of my favourite records of 2007, i've known these guys for a while and im glad to finally have the a full record worth of songs but yeah.... that song does kind of suck ''why is mom still hatin' on me''... what the fuck.
check these guys out tho there worth a listen

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