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Stab-Outs

Stab-Outs: First TryFirst Try (2007)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Stab-Outs were a short-lived, three-piece street punk band that existed between roughly 2006 and 2008. They were formed by bassist Doug Wellmon who played with the now-defunct hardcore outfit Pipedown. First Try was the only release this band put out before breaking up. It's only eight songs long.
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Stab-Outs were a short-lived, three-piece street punk band that existed between roughly 2006 and 2008. They were formed by bassist Doug Wellmon who played with the now-defunct hardcore outfit Pipedown.

First Try was the only release this band put out before breaking up. It's only eight songs long, but it comes off as more of full-length-sans-filler than an EP, if that makes any sense. Basically, First Try is an incredibly tight 20 minutes of catchy-as-hell music that holds your attention throughout.

As with most bands of this genre, there are songs on here that can be described as up-tempo aural assaults with lyrics shouted over the top. While it's entertaining, it can get monotonous if overused, which is true for most things, really. The guys in Stab-Outs manage to avoid this by weaving some slower mid-tempo songs into the mix and even a bit of surf punk in songs like "New View."

Since Doug wrote all of the music with the exception of "Work or Play," the songs on here are mostly bass-driven. He lays down some absolutely sick bass lines (i.e."Fuck Big Business") throughout the record and almost every song incorporates a bass solo. This is not to say that guitarist Takeo doesn't get in his fair share of solos as well.

Despite being only a three-piece, every track on this record sounds huge -- credit this to additional guitar layering by Doug and mastering by Jason Livermore in the Blasting Room. In some songs, the squeaky clean production allows the band to make a great use of negative space by letting a single instrument carry the beat as everything else drops out. This technique is successful in giving the songs more depth and texture.

As far as the lyrics go -- yes, they're political, and yes, they're angry.

While they can be a bit simplistic at times, the lyrics do have an overall sincere quality to them, and if you're like me, you'll find yourself singing along to them as you air-drum on your steering wheel (or handlebars for you non-car drivers).

To sum up, if you like bass and you like your punk from the gutters (albeit dressed up and dusted off a bit), then you'll probably like this record. Pick it up.

 

 
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fu (July 15, 2009)

Check out DOUG's new band: Forced Underground. Thanks!

xote (March 30, 2009)

Pipedown was actually pretty good from what I remember.

crackpotdemagogue (March 28, 2009)

seen pipedown supporting anti flag several years ago, and they were really great live. amazingly powerful sound! if i ever come across this record i shall be sure to purchase it, purely cause of the pipedown connection.

JaredK (March 27, 2009)

That cover looks like the cover of "Unicornography" by the Falcon CD fucked the cover of "The Human Atom Bombs" cd by Randy. Either way, I like good street punk, as rare as that is, so I'll check it out.

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