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Common Rider - Thief in a Sleeping Town [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Common Rider

Common Rider: Thief in a Sleeping Town [7 inch]Thief in a Sleeping Town [7 inch] (2001)
Lookout Records

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Common Rider is one of my favorite bands and it pains me to see their two full-length albums get such little attention from anyone. The fact that their 2001 four-track EP Thief in a Sleeping Town was hardly noticed at all (allmusic.com doesn't even list it) is almost criminal, as it represents a hig.
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Common Rider is one of my favorite bands and it pains me to see their two full-length albums get such little attention from anyone. The fact that their 2001 four-track EP Thief in a Sleeping Town was hardly noticed at all (allmusic.com doesn't even list it) is almost criminal, as it represents a high point for the band and ex-Operation Ivy frontman Jessie Michaels. Michaels brings his characteristic energy and passion to the songwriting, vocals and guitar work in traditional punk fashion in stark contrast to Common Rider's usual "post-ska" approach. He also received help on this from Billie Joe Armstrong, as well as Dan Panic (ex-Screeching Weasel) and Doug Sangalang (ex-Screw 32 / Limp).

With only one track barely going past the two-minute mark, this blistering EP is over before you know it and leaves you wanting more. The lyrics deal with personal demons, the value of social activism and the pitfalls of modern society and are delivered with the energy, passion and conviction that define Michaels.

More reminiscent of early OpIvy songs than anything else Common Rider ever did, you could easily mistake Thief in a Sleeping Town for something written in 1987 by an overly-ideal punk band...and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The only stylistic outlier is the end track, "What the Heart Looks Like When It's Hot," which is an intentionally laid-back ska tribute that sounds oddly like the extended version of "Healthy Body."

Any fan of Common Rider, Operation Ivy or punk in general needs to give this gem a listen, now. Even those that shy away from punk should give Thief in a Sleeping Town a chance because of the exceptional intensity and care put into every track.

[Reviewed at Man vs. Ape]

 

 
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crackpotdemagogue (February 10, 2009)

also, another 10/10 for glasspipemurder, who used the awesome and under-rated phrase 'my favorite cut' below.

crackpotdemagogue (February 10, 2009)

score is for common rider. awesome band, sadly missed. but now we got classics of love so it's ok!

dancinshoes (February 7, 2009)

Jesse personnally sent me 2 autographed vinyls of this EP.

Jesse Michaels is right there along with Mike Park on top of the list of most likeable and friendliest artists ever.

Rastid (February 7, 2009)

great record, great band. though they were pretty bad the one time i saw them live.

deadelectromix (February 7, 2009)

Dude, I'm pretty sure I was in Screaching Weasel at one point, it's really nothing to note.

xote (February 7, 2009)

I used to fucking LOVE Screw 32. A very odd sounding band. Common Rider was of course awesome.

Sliced-T (February 6, 2009)

The only other 7" I own that has more good memories attached to it is my penis.

DrGunn (February 6, 2009)

i haven't played this in forever, i should break it out when i get home. i remember loving it.

GlassPipeMurder (February 6, 2009)

great EP, though you should have mentioned more than just one song. "What the Heart Looks Like When It's Hot" is awesome, but my favorite cut here may be "Am I On My Own".

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