Gatorface - Sick and Stupid [10 inch] (Cover Artwork)


Gatorface: Sick and Stupid [10 inch]Sick and Stupid [10 inch] (2008)
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Things Gatorface Taught Me Like my gran-pappy used to say (or was it Mike Park?), mail order is still fun. Thanks to a sampler that No Idea Records included with a previous purchase, I got turned on to Gatorface. Along with Virgins, Gatorface is a spin-off from the former Floridian hardcore gr.
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Things Gatorface Taught Me

  1. Like my gran-pappy used to say (or was it Mike Park?), mail order is still fun.

    Thanks to a sampler that No Idea Records included with a previous purchase, I got turned on to Gatorface. Along with Virgins, Gatorface is a spin-off from the former Floridian hardcore group New Mexican Disaster Squad by ex-members Alex Goldfarb and Richard Minino. Intrigued by what No Idea sent me, I opted to order the group's debut EP, Sick and Stupid. Vinyl-only, my baby came on translucent gold wax, one-sided, with a nifty etching of a needle injecting a tentacle during a thunderstorm. It's very Lovecraftian.

  2. If all else fails, you can always play pop-punk.

    The differences between New Mexican Disaster Squad and Gatorface are ultimately minimal. While NMDS might recall Strike Anywhere or Government Issue's blistering yet snotty hardcore/punk, Gatorface skews ever so slightly towards punk of the pop variety. This is the sort of lifestyle change that will be a big deal to maybe 0.000001 percent of the world's population at most. The rest of us can revel in how infectious Sick and Stupid sounds. It recalls Descendents, or maybe even Propagandhi circa How to Clean Everything.

  3. Sick and Stupid is jawesome.

    Offering six cuts (one of ??em a DI cover!) in less than 13 minutes, Sick and Stupid blends early '80s hardcore and early '90s pop-punk, with high quality results. The knock-out of the collection is "Kid in a Candy Store." Fast drums and a quick guitar strum kick it off, but it's when the "whoa"s kick off in the pre-chorus that things start to tingle the spider sense. The song builds into this thrilling explosion of pop-punk euphoria (in cut time!). Goldfarb sounds remarkably assured throughout, but he really cuts his teeth on the lines "It's only time, before we end up like the others / The difference now is that the stakes have grown much higher." Everything gets pounded out for a few bars before the rhythm section drops out. Even with just guitar and a few more "whoa"s, the vocals still come off as anthemic.

    "Kid in a Candy Store" follows the pop-punk rule of vague lyrics, but listeners won't be able to build their own meanings quite as easily with songs like "Flak Jacket." Goldfarb takes to task Americans who, despite all evidence to the contrary, still support military involvement in the Middle East. At 83 seconds in length, the song cuts straight to the point ?? "Flak jacket / Would you wear it?"

    Regardless of how much one likes to read into lyrics, though, there's no denying Sick and Stupid's delicious slabs o' punk. It's a catchy, rocking romp throughout, and since it's one-sided, there's no need to flip the record. Digital fans get some love courtesy of a download code. New Mexican Disaster Squad isn't really dead; just call ??em Gatorface now.


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10feettall (June 21, 2010)

i dig this

SouthernLovin (February 4, 2009)

I like it. Not great, but good.

ifgabeldiesiwilldie (January 24, 2009)

thank you ordering it within the week

Jelone (January 20, 2009)

Buy it here, sir: http://www.iheartuproductions.com/KODstore/index.php?main_page=pr oduct_info&products_id=411

And if you don't like jawesome/jawsome, then you can bite me (buh-dum bum pish!).

salsashark (January 18, 2009)

Good review, but the use of "jawsome" was pretty stupid.

ifgabeldiesiwilldie (January 17, 2009)

where can you order this from?

chriskretzer (January 17, 2009)

Vocals/Bass (ex-NMDS, No Friends), Drums/Art (ex-NMDS, No Friends), Guitar 1 (Polluted Youth), Guitar 2 (ex-Says I).

evildeadalive (January 17, 2009)

Which members are in which bands? (instruments not names... I don't know their names...)

icapped2pac (January 16, 2009)

Link is missing the "L" at the end.

Cos (January 16, 2009)

DI isn't that good though.

Blackjaw_x (January 16, 2009)

Oh, my world. It is okay.

But really, this is good for the "standard pop punk" genre, but I don't hear any redeeming qualities. I'm sure they're great guys making good and honest music, it's just not my thing.

IanIsSuperRad (January 16, 2009)

I picked this record up at The Fest the VERY FIRST day it was available. Mine came on purple vinyl which goes perfectly with the artwork. While the music is great, I really can't say enough about the packaging. Vinnie is doing a really awesome thing with P&P.

MaxwellMurder (January 16, 2009)

Does anyone know where I can buy a digital copy of this album?

mikexdude (January 16, 2009)

Great review!

punkengineer (January 16, 2009)

Score is for the Street Sharks reference, except it's spelled Jawsome.

inagreendase (January 16, 2009)

Agreed. Even though this sounds like Descendents circa Everything Sucks, there's still a whole lot of NMDS on here.

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