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The A.K.A.s

The A.K.A.s: Everybody Make Some Noise!Everybody Make Some Noise! (2008)
Metropolis Records

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The A.K.A.s are a band that is impossible to describe through comparison to other bands, because they do something that in theory has been done before, but have put such an original stamp on it that it can appeal to fans of many other genres. Their own genre is garage rock / punk rock 'n' roll, but .
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The A.K.A.s are a band that is impossible to describe through comparison to other bands, because they do something that in theory has been done before, but have put such an original stamp on it that it can appeal to fans of many other genres. Their own genre is garage rock / punk rock 'n' roll, but they sound so different from their contemporaries that it would be hard to even associate them with any other band. So I can't really give you a neat list of bands and tell you that if you like these bands, you would like the A.K.A.s.

Originally the project of former Brother's Keeper vocalist Mike Ski, the band was formed with the intention of combining Refused with the MC5, which was much more obvious on their last record, with the hardcore-influenced songs "Spectacle City" and "Shout Out Loud." On their latest offering, the band moves toward a more traditional punk-influenced rock 'n' roll sound ,which they execute nearly as masterfully as their faster debut.

On Everybody Make Some Noise!, the A.K.A.s, for the most part, don't try anything ground-breaking, but I think that's fine considering that this is only their second record, and they have already found a pretty good niche as being punk enough to appeal to fans of Strike Anywhere and the Unseen (as they've toured with both to positive reaction), and catchy enough to bring something for people who don't even like punk, a very difficult task in a limiting genre.

One of the defining features of the A.K.A.s would be their heavy use of a keyboard. Its presence actually works for the band because it adds a lot to their sound but not enough to dominate the music, so the A.K.A.s still have a guitar-driven sound with a new layer of melody. This has unfortunately eluded many other bands, who have let the keyboard drown out any organic sound. One of the better parts of this album is that the guitar parts are, on a whole, very natural sounding and free from overwhelming distortion, which means they actually sound like...guitars. This aspect kind of reminds me of Smoke or Fire, and would probably appeal to fans of said band.

Vocalist Mike Ski sings and snarls his way through the album in a manner even Iggy himself couldn't replicate, and delivers some great relevant lyrics on "Everything Is a Commercial" and the keyboard-centered "Paranoia Is a Skill." As far as standout tracks go, the three that stand out most to me are the aforementioned "Paranoia Is a Skill," "In Case I Die Tonight" and "Dead Flowers Forever."

An interesting side note is the three guest appearances on this album, from JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights, Chris #2 of Anti-Flag and the legendary Jello Biafra on the tracks "Dead Flowers Forever," "We Write Our Own Anthems" and the spoken word intro to "Everything Is a Commercial," respectively. It speaks of the band's cross-genre appeal that this band could have artists from such different projects appear on an album, although they sound nothing like any of the other bands.

All in all, I think this is definitely an album to check out, no matter what you listen to. This is without a doubt is one of my favorite albums of the year, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an energetic and fun band in an age where From First to Last can break the Top 40. Also, their live show is pretty great, so don't turn down an opportunity to see them.

 

 
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lookingforcorpses (May 10, 2008)

They're definitely very similar to a lot of the bands mentioned in here. Always thought they sounded like (I)NC meets the Explosion.

minorkaty (March 26, 2008)

I've been waiting to get my hands on this album for ENTIRELY too long.
Now that I have it, I'm definitely pleased. I listened to it at least 40 times the first 3 days I had it. So far, album of the year.

Anyway, this album is ace, they're an AWESOME live band, and these are some of THE best people I've ever met, in music or otherwise.

misterspike (March 22, 2008)

This record gets better with each listen. Not a dead moment on it. Come back to South Florida ... you know who this is.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (March 22, 2008)

"Nah, T(I)NC is a guy from Refused trying to be the guy from Nation Of Ullyses."

....More specifically that guy in The Make Up....

..And weirdly enough, this is a guy wanting to be that guy.

I should love this band but it's all just too meh and not solid enough. I'm going to check out this record though.

bored (March 22, 2008)

Fake accents? I guess you've never heard Mike talk, since that's exactly how he sounds all the time. This is the best CD of '08 so far, and I'm sure will be at the end of the year too. So damn good.

TahoeJeff (March 22, 2008)

THE A.K.A's ARE EVERYWHERE!!!

Scruffy (March 21, 2008)

"nah, that was guys from refused trying to be mc5."

Nah, T(I)NC is a guy from Refused trying to be the guy from Nation Of Ullyses.

wallofyouth (March 21, 2008)

yah wow this is like nothing i've ever heard before

outofstep81 (March 21, 2008)

"i thought the international noise conspiracy already combined refused with the mc5."

nah, that was guys from refused trying to be mc5.

but really if approx 1 million bands can be fall out boy (and apparently all from Chicago) then two bands can be refused combined with mc5.

Score is for the cover of Run DMC's "Christmas in Hollis"

HonestAbe (March 21, 2008)

what's with the fake accents on these dudes

24HourPriapism (March 21, 2008)

i thought the international noise conspiracy already combined refused with the mc5.

misterspike (March 21, 2008)

Been looking forward to this album for a couple months now. These are some smokin' tunes lives, and the keyboard adds a serious groove to the mix. Great tunes, and solid solid people as well. Mucho love for the AKAs.

Great review ... better than the one I was hoping to submit.

Fight. Fuck. Dance. Destroy.

GlassPipeMurder (March 21, 2008)

haven't heard this yet but this band is some of the coolest people in the punk scene. score is for the band and Springman's old motto, "Friendly Punks."

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