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Piebald: We Are The Only Friends We HaveWe Are The Only Friends We Have (2002)
Big Wheel Recreation

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Piebald have themselves perched on an incredibly precarious tightrope but seem to keep their balance. They have a sound which could easily become quite popular given mainstream radio's recent tastes (Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, the pop-punk boom), however the album is released on Big Wheel Recreation, .
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Piebald have themselves perched on an incredibly precarious tightrope but seem to keep their balance. They have a sound which could easily become quite popular given mainstream radio's recent tastes (Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, the pop-punk boom), however the album is released on Big Wheel Recreation, a rapidly growing but still relatively small independent label. This puts the band in the fantastic position of potentially being both successful and credible.

The band plays an indie rock / pop-punk hybrid which brings to mind Weezer or more mature versions of contemporary pop-punk bands. This being their sixth release (including EPs), the band is tight and put together some extremely catchy songs. Vocalist Travis Shettel successfully bridges the gap between energetic shouts and sensitive singing. The band manages to pepper their songs with acoustic guitars, keyboards, bongos, particularly well placed trumpets and, during the single "Just A Simple Plan," a choir of kindergartens. Lyrically the band pulls off yet another balancing act. The songs are written both introspectively and with a good amount of wit and humor (see "The Monkey Verses The Robot" or the opening to "The King Of The Road"). This is an asset, I'm compelled to recommend this band simply for having the common sense to realize that you can be funny without songs about feces, semen, or each other's mothersâ?¦ like that numbered band we'll leave anonymous.

Paul Q. Kolderie, who's worked with Radiohead, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the Pixies, produced the album. The production values are at times a bit on the high side, but not enough to negatively affect the band's songs. To get a good feel for the album check out the layered mid-tempo "Fear And Loathing On Cape Cod," the Randy-like rock of "Rich People Can Breed," the acoustic guitar driven "It's Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better," or the first single, "Just A Simple Plan." While "We Are The Only Friends We Have" may not break any new ground stylistically, it's a strong release and is full of energy. Hopefully Piebald can keep their balancing act going, because it's an impressive one.

 

 
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swellersfan7407 (February 22, 2009)

this band is sweet.

Problematiclogic (July 26, 2007)

I can see why some people would dislike the sound of the vocals, but I think they work well.

Amazing album.

Anonymous (March 29, 2005)

i recently popped this back into my cd player. i love piebald.

-benz

Anonymous (April 20, 2003)

to the kid under me: word...

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

this album is fucking comedy. it's great.

Anonymous (September 8, 2002)

I bought this cd and left it in my brother's car right before I went to college in another state. But I'm basing my judgement on Piebald's show at the troubador, and I must say, they fuckin rocked the house. These guys are great, and I can definately see them creating a legacy with their novel and refreshing sense of songwriting. And by the way, ska sucks fuckin ass, ska's not dead, it was never fuckin alive.

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

i just bought this cd and i must say this... it is golden. everything about this cd rocks.... i love all the songs, all the energy... everything! i saw them in concert, was not impressed, but took the free sampler cd they were handing out b/c it had american hearts on it and i liked that song when they performed it.... when i listened to the sampler, i fell in love w/ them, and finally got the money to buy the whole damn cd. its awesome. i love it. buy it if you havent

Anonymous (July 12, 2002)

i seriously would even go so far as to compare them to the heydays of capn jazz and joan of arc...especially piebald's older stuff...
..m.i.k.e..again

Anonymous (July 12, 2002)

I'm a senior in high school and I went to school in Andover and I have seen Piebald grow up from this insane hardcore band to what they are now. They have progressed so much in the years they have been together and have written some of the most difficultly timed and artistic songs I have ever heard, I don't know how anyone can disrespect that, they have grown up so much and are hometown heroes here. They have been my favorite band since like before the Green Day/Oasis days. You cannot fully appreciate this album until you see their progression which I think a lot of people have not seen so give them the respect they deserve. I suggest buying the Barely Legal/ All Ages double cd before getting "Friends" because it will show you what they have done over the years and how they have progressed.
.M.i.k.e.

Anonymous (April 23, 2002)

My friends have been listening to piebald for a couple of years now, and I never really got into them. Sure, they had a few good songs i liked i.e. The rock revolution won't be televised is great! But I didn't like their previous albums as a whole. But I never stop listening to this one. GREAT ALBUM

Anonymous (April 3, 2002)

this album is pretty good, they have some catchy lyrics that will keep you listening to the whole cd, a ten!

Anonymous (March 31, 2002)

I haven't heard the album, but I saw them live. Nice guys, catchy songs. two thumbs up.

Anonymous (March 7, 2002)

"Venetian Blinds" is one of the greatest albums ever, and if you don't want to be open enough to appreciate it, you don't deserve it. How anyone can even mention the Mighy Mighty Bosstones, White Zombie, Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, or any other band in a review of Piebald is beyond me. You people need to stop letting other people tell you what to think. Wearing college glasses doesn't make you more insightful.

kluchorama (February 28, 2002)

they've saved the genre created by Weezer's Blue Album

Anonymous (February 27, 2002)

Piebald is talented it every way possible. And getting better all the time.

-Dustin

ps-bosstones do suck big ones.

Anonymous (February 26, 2002)

ive been listening to piebald for 5 years and its always the samething with them whenever they come out witha new record they lose and gain fans. i remember when they stopped doing hardcore and alot of my friends were like "im done with them". i didnt there was still something that totally facinated me about them from the first time "aftershave" on a mixtape when i was 14. with the new CD i had to listen to it honestly like 8 times in a row before i could get a feel for it. im so bias because they were my favorite band for such a long time. im saying i like but i cant exactly say way yet. one things for certain they are amazing guys with a shit load of talent even when they didnt know how to play their instruments well they still made the most emotional music i ever heard. al

Cam (February 25, 2002)

come on... piebald beating jimmy in a contest? jimmy eat world have had 3 fucking awesome cd's (4 including b-sides) and they have a real musical talent. piebald....please... they are nowhere near them

Anonymous (February 24, 2002)

i just saw piebald tonite with thursday at rex's bar in west chester,pa. let me just say the concert kicked some major ass since there was a sold out crowd of 300 people. the first band was a local, breaking pangaea. the singer sounds like dashboard but the band sounds somewhat like alkaline trio.then this day forward came on, they have the same sound as thursday and had the place fucking moving. then piebald came on. and they FUCKING SUCKED DONKEY BALLS. not only were they late showing up but the crowd didn't get into them at all. yeah they were jumping around the stage but their songs were lame and they spent too much time talking between songs. i started falling asleep against a pillar it was so fucking bad. when thursday came back out the crowd got back into it and there was just one huge mosh pit(for a 300 person crowd).lets just say the thursday puts on 1 of the greatest shows. Geoff was jumping into the crowd every song and crowd surfed for "cross out the eyes". so all in all piebald sux and should just die and leave the music scene.

Anonymous (February 22, 2002)

I HATE jimmy eat world. they suck, i think piebald would crush them in a battle of the bands.

Anonymous (February 20, 2002)

amazing cd.

Anonymous (February 20, 2002)

i think this will be one of the best albums of the year.

Anonymous (February 20, 2002)

true that

Anonymous (February 19, 2002)

although i've never been the biggest emo/punk/indie fan, i always seem to come back to piebald. i read these reviews for them that compare them to saves the day, jimmy eat world, and even new found glory, and i believe that they are on a completely other level... maybe jimmy eat world could hold their own against piebald, in a pinch, though...

the new album is pretty darn good, in my opinion. the only thing that has bugged me about the band is that they have neglected to write any songs similar to holden caufield, the sea and a lifesaver, or any of the songs written during that era. those were and still are my favorite piebald songs written.

however, one huge comment i have to say is that the production value on this album is incredible. whatever his name was did a great job widening the guitar sound, and really blending the rhythm section into a rock-solid mass. i saw them live once, and was blown away by how tight they sounded, and this is a perfect representation of that sound.

in my opinion, i think that piebald is almost a perfect band. funny, fun, emotional, interesting, smart, highly-musical... i don't know what else to say. they have succeeded in being a part of the best comeback in emo/rock history. they rock, and will keep rocking for years to come.

Anonymous (February 11, 2002)

What does being from NE have to do with The Bosstones. Yea I know they are a boston band, I live like 30 minutes from boston. I respect what the Bosstones have done for ska in boston and all over the US. I do also think that the Bosstones have been slacking as of late and have not been making the kind of music they have in the past and the kind of music I know they are capable of. I dont see them as an "institution" though. Piebald will continue to grow as a band and who knows what will happen to them, they may end up like the Bosstones and making music that isnt up to par. But right now all signs point towards piebald growing as a respectable band in the emo/punk scene.

adam (February 9, 2002)

I'm just going to step in here and make my say on this odd little debate that has developed. Piebald's new release is pretty good, but the Bosstones are in a whole other league.

Piebald released a strong album that shows they are progressing. They seem to have a bright future as a band...

However the Bosstones are a fucking institution. I've seem them live a ton of times and they never fail to impress me. The `Tones are one of those bands that I was into when I was younger and still stand by... dam I love the Bosstones.

But really, why are we arguing this at all? Both bands are good at what they do; they're not in some kind of competition...

Anonymous (February 8, 2002)

I agree with the guy a couple of posts down,I too am from the NE and the Bosstones sure have built a legacy that this fuckin pussy band will never achieve.NEVER.

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

"that they have made some great music" exactly the bosstones HAVE MADE some great music. Thats why I said that it was their newer stuff that was disgraceful. Pay Attention was a load of crap and Lets Face it wasnt that great either. They havent put out anything worth while since Question the Answers way back in 1994, with the exception of Live From the Middle East, but thats a live album anyway so it doesnt count. I give them respect for inspiring bands like Big D and the Sellouts but they, to use the dreaded word, sold out. **gasp** Like you said though this is a Piebald review and Piebald kicks ass!

ChrisGorman (February 6, 2002)

To the guy who said Piebald is saving a scene disgraced by the Bosstones....ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? The Bosstones? The Bosstones are FAR better than this band. So much better. I mean, ok, we can have opinions, and yours is different, but man,the Bosstones are one of the most important bands in (modern) ska history. I mean, you wouldn't have a third wave if it wasn't for The Toasters, Op Ivy, and the Bosstones kickstarting it. And fucking Bid D and the Kids Table? Fuck them man, they have one good song. The Bosstones are an institution. And being from NE, I can say that and know what Im talking about. God, ask bands like Big D, The Sellouts, DKM, whoever. They will all tell you that the Bosstones are an institution, and that they have made some great music.

But this is a Piebald review, so I will shut up now.

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

"I don't think there is really a pop-punk boom. You people really blow out of proportion how big punk actually is in the mainstream.

Sure you have the alternative kids listening to a Weezer (but they always have), Jimmy Eat World, & Blink 182. Those are pretty much the three bands in the mainstream that are remotley punk (aside from the Offspring & Green Day, but they've beed doing that for years now...)

Anyways, go into any place in the city or the suburbs and the trend is still listening to rap or r&b. Those preppy boys/girls and thugs may like a few songs by those artists, but probably won't buy the CD, just download the songs, and leave it at that...

There is no pop-punk boom, aside from the one in the punk scene it's self"

This is the single stupidist fucking comment i have ever read anywhere in this world in my whole fucking lives. I cannot even begin to disect it because so many stupid fucking things were said. Go shoot yourself, you are the whole genre of punk rocks problem.

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

haha, the bosstones....

you should shoot yourself....

that band is just horrid....

Piebald could write a better song hungover and braindead, better than the bosstones could on a good day...

ugh

Jimi

sickboi (February 6, 2002)

ANYTHING the Bosstones put out will be far superior to Piebald.

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

I just got into piebald a few months ago and I cant get enough of them. With bands like Aerosmith, godsmack, mighty mighty bosstones(newer stuff), rob zombie, and powerman 5000 disgracing boston rock scene in boston im glad there are still bands like piebald, big d and the kids table, dropkick murphys, the sellouts (RIP), and darkbuster making it great!

ChrisGorman (February 6, 2002)

I disagree, there is a pop-punk boom. Blink-182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Saves The Day, New Found Glory, Green Day, Offspring, Jimmy Eat World. I know that I hear everyone from 13 year olds to college girls singing "And at your funeral, I will sing the requiem..." all the time. There is a definite rise in the popularity of poppy punk right now.

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

I don't think there is really a pop-punk boom. You people really blow out of proportion how big punk actually is in the mainstream.

Sure you have the alternative kids listening to a Weezer (but they always have), Jimmy Eat World, & Blink 182. Those are pretty much the three bands in the mainstream that are remotley punk (aside from the Offspring & Green Day, but they've beed doing that for years now...)

Anyways, go into any place in the city or the suburbs and the trend is still listening to rap or r&b. Those preppy boys/girls and thugs may like a few songs by those artists, but probably won't buy the CD, just download the songs, and leave it at that...

There is no pop-punk boom, aside from the one in the punk scene it's self

sickboi (February 5, 2002)

I used to save all of my scorn for bands like the Get Up Kids, Dashboard Confessional and pretty much the whole Drive-Thru crew, but now I have a new enemy, thy name is Piebald.

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

hum, i don't know...

when i first bought "lemons..." i thought it was one of the worst things i'd ever heard...

maybe they've gotten a little more listener friendly, but Travis' voice sounds light years better now...

Jimi

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

it's hard to call this their best album, just cause its pretty impossible to top Lemons. But this album really does rock hard...Travis's songwriting is getting better and better.

chris

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

yeah, no doubt, this album is amazing

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

this is by far Piebalds best album...

i can't say enough good things about it....every song on here is a winner...

the standout tracks for me are "Long Nights" "It's gonna get worse..." and "the stalker"

man, this cd hasn't left my car cd player in a really long time...

Jimi

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

piebald is pretty much the worst band i've ever heard. and im a big fan of the genre. i can't stand seeing them live. i also can't stand that guys singing. ugh. no thank you.

layawayplan (February 3, 2002)

I find Piebald to be an "all or none" band. Their good songs (just a simple plan, american hearts) are very good and catchy. You'll be singing them for days. Their bad songs are sometime painful to listen to. Fortunately, there are few bad songs on this cd. Now if only they'd come back to Canada and play a set that's longer than 20 minutes (no hard feelings towards moneen....that was the greatest show ever).

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