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Broadway Calls / Teenage Bottlerocket - split (Cover Artwork)

Broadway Calls / Teenage Bottlerocket

Broadway Calls / Teenage Bottlerocket: splitsplit (2008)
Adeline Records

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Two of contemporary pop-punk's best bands offer up two new songs each--one original, one cover--on this split 7" that's quick, tidy fun built for multiple listens. Broadway Calls original "Get At Me" is more of the mid-tempo, Keep Your Heart-era Loved Ones fare that largely comprised the band's 2.
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Two of contemporary pop-punk's best bands offer up two new songs each--one original, one cover--on this split 7" that's quick, tidy fun built for multiple listens.

Broadway Calls original "Get At Me" is more of the mid-tempo, Keep Your Heart-era Loved Ones fare that largely comprised the band's 2007 self-titled full-length. And the band keeps the general spirit of Billy Bragg's "She's Got A New Spell" intact, expectantly giving their version a more electric feel. The feedback in the refrain and the lead guitar playing towards the end of the song are both utilized well.

Teenage Bottlerocket pick up right where Warning Device left off with "Bitchface", a song with tight musicianship and great vocal harmonies. The muted guitar employed in the song reminds me a bit of "Crashing" from Total, although "Bitchface" is far more up-tempo. For their cover the band tackles Dead Milkmen's "Dean's Dream," and sonically they punk the song up quite a bit. The cover sounds much thicker as a whole than the original, largely due to the distorted guitar playing. And few bands play faster than The Dead Milkmen, but Teenage Bottlerocket come awfully close here.

And for the vinyl nerds in the audience, the variant of the record I got is a clear/black/red splatter and it looks really cool. The cover artwork by Chrisy C. Road is also pretty neat.

All in all, a quality release that doubles as a nice addition to any vinyl collection.

 

 
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neverbeenbetter (July 26, 2009)

these guys look like gays

versus_god (August 10, 2008)

Teenage Bottlerocket's songs are great but I can't get into Broadway Calls' side at all.

bryne (August 8, 2008)

Yeah, I mean most of what I've heard by The Dead Milkmen is pretty fast. The recordings are just so lo-fi it doesn't really hit you in the face like a modern recording would.

sammy_sam_saminson (August 8, 2008)

Decent review....amazing split....but for the record only like...500 billion bands play "faster than the dead milkmen"

JerryCola (August 8, 2008)

"And few bands play faster than The Dead Milkmen"

Really? I never really considered the Dead Milkmen to be a fast playing band.

The Dead Milkmen are awesome but after I heard TBR's cover of Dean's Dream I couldn't help but think about how much better that song is sped up; it just works incredibly well with TBR's sound. Don't get me wrong though, the original tune is still one of my favorite Milkmen tunes.

dev (August 8, 2008)

My g/f and I call this girl that totally destroyed our friendship "bitchface". I'm gonna have to check this out. Score's for bitchface (the girl, not the song)

bwisott (August 8, 2008)

Teenage Bottlerocket is amazing. I love that band. And im wearing my yellow TB shirt today!

mattramone (August 8, 2008)

It's a little pricey but it's pretty good.

nocigar (August 8, 2008)

gonna have to check this out, Teenage Bottlerocket are so damn consistent. Broadway Calls is great too.

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