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Squirtgun

Squirtgun: Broadcast 02.09.08Broadcast 02.09.08 (2008)
Go Kart Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: MiguelHernandezMiguelHernandez
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After a nearly six-year silence, Squirtgun is back with its first-ever live album. The disc shows that the band is still in top form, as fast and furious as ever. The amazing musicianship on this release shows why Squirtgun rhythm section Mass Giorgini (bass) and Dan Lumley (drums) has been tapped f.
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After a nearly six-year silence, Squirtgun is back with its first-ever live album. The disc shows that the band is still in top form, as fast and furious as ever. The amazing musicianship on this release shows why Squirtgun rhythm section Mass Giorgini (bass) and Dan Lumley (drums) has been tapped for so many other legendary bands (they were also the beat behind Screeching Weasel and Common Rider, to name just two examples). But that is not to imply that they can only play one style, as the straight and mid-tempo 1-2-3-4 techniques that Lumley used in his Riverdales recordings are nowhere to be heard on this disc. The drums are blazing fast, and switch from ska to hardcore to pop-punk in an instant, and never miss a beat.

The bass playing is even more amazing. There simply can't possibly exist a better punk rock bass player in the world than Mass Giorgini. Sure, he has his competitors -- especially in the form of Matt Freeman (also a former bandmate of Common Rider singer Jesse Michaels), but on this album Giorgini certainly sets a standard that is hard to match, especially on the songs "Make It Wreck" and "Headache All Day." But all of this is not meant to take away from the singing or guitar playing, which is also solid and competent.

For those familiar with the Squirtgun catalog, Broadcast 02.09.08 runs like a virtual "Greatest Hits" of the band, and even includes a few bonuses, especially their cover of "Classics of Love," which was originally recorded by Giorgini and Lumley's former band Common Rider. Another gem is the new song "Across the Wire," which was previously unreleased, and features some guest appearances by friends of the band singing in Spanish.

Broadcast 02.09.08 also includes some inspiring words by author Luis Alberto Urrea on the band in the booklet. Urrea, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, was the author of the novel Across the Wire, which inspired the new Squirtgun song featured on the disc. The CD also includes liner notes by Giorgini, who in addition to being a prodigious bassist is a legendary music producer (he has worked with Alkaline Trio, Rise Against and Anti-Flag, to name just a few of his production efforts).

To be painfully honest, Squirtgun's studio efforts usually left one hoping for a bit more, with the possible exception of 2003's phenomenal Fade to Bright. However, this disc combines the studio-level musicianship the band is so sought after for with a live energy that could never be captured on any studio recording. I don't hesitate to call this Squirtgun's finest release yet. Let's just hope they don't wait another six years to release their next album.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
miguelhernandez (February 17, 2009)

I think that is the Karl Alvarez they are talking about. But I still believe that Mass Giorgini is his equal.

jamespastepunk (February 17, 2009)

Do you guys mean this Karl Alvarez?

samsavage (February 16, 2009)

The bassist you guys are talking about is Karl Alvarez. He is great, too, no doubt. But I have a feeling you guys have not heard this album -- there is no way you can Karl Alvarez is better than Mass Giorgini after hearing this. The bass playing on Broadcast 02.09.08 absolutely rules!

pinkerton (February 14, 2009)

alaverz is the best.

score's for him.

allbutone (February 14, 2009)

Karl Alavarez is the best punk rock bass player. End of argument.

skolarx (February 13, 2009)

i remember seeing these guys live in like 97 or so and because matt hart and flav were off with school or whatever zac damon (at that point known for zoinks!, one of the most underrated pop punk bands ever) was filling in on both guitar and lead vocals. it was weird but he managed to pull it off, not sounding too far off from the first 2 cds.

that said it would have been nice to actually see them with the recording line up at some point

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