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Avoid One Thing

Avoid One Thing: Avoid One ThingAvoid One Thing (2002)
Side One Dummy Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: adamAdam
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I'm a big fan of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and keep reasonably up to date on what's going on with the band, but as far as this side project from their bassist Joe Gittleman goes, it was completely off my radar. When this showed up on my doorstep, I didn't know what to expect. What it delivers has .
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I'm a big fan of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and keep reasonably up to date on what's going on with the band, but as far as this side project from their bassist Joe Gittleman goes, it was completely off my radar. When this showed up on my doorstep, I didn't know what to expect. What it delivers has shades of Hüsker Dü, Jawbreaker, The Replacements and The Pixies. In other words, we have a damn fine rock and roll record.

The Boston four-piece was founded by bassist / vocalist / songwriter Joe Gittleman, best known from The Bosstones and Gang Green. Gittleman is joined by guitarists Paul Delano (Darkbuster, Mung), Amy Griffin (The Raging Teens) and drummer Dave Karcich (Pilfers, Spring Heeled Jack). The band has an interesting pedigree, with the rhythm section from ska bands, and guitarists from both the rockabilly and drum `n bass scenes.

The band delivers a refreshing album of well-written punk rock. The personal lyrics about hometown life, populated with specific characters and situations, are not unlike the lyrics written by Vinnie of Less Than Jake fame. Gittleman's music is poppy at times, but his voice is too deep to be mistaken for the latest batch of whiney emo-influenced pop-punk vocalists. However while deeper, his vocals are honest (if that can describe a sound), there is no macho street punk posturing here. Gittleman is instantly recognisable from his backups on the Bosstone's tracks, and there are definably shades of Bosstone-lead Dickey Barrett's style.

The mixing favours Gittleman's driving bass lines and the song writing is excellent. Stand out tracks are "Rip It Up It's There" and "Next Stop Batteries," both with catchy chorus' and urgent playing. The best song is "Lean On Sheena," which starts out with some creative picking on Gittleman's part and a great build up and an instantly classic sounding chorus. Avoid One Thing is a completely unpretentious and instantly enjoyable rock record.

MP3:
Yakisoba

 

 
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HeinTerweduwe (April 18, 2013)

After 11 years I still isten to this one quite a bit and I'm NOT a big Bosstones fan. Yakisoba, Pulse and Picture and of course Lean On Sheena are songs I still have in my favorite's list.

GlassPipeMurder (December 12, 2006)

punk rock done right. Lean on Sheena is one of the best written songs in a long while, Bouncing Souls do an ace cover of it too.

Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Anonymous (May 11, 2003)

pixies

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

this album rocks, thats all there is to it

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

Actually, I don't think this album is that good. The song writing is professional, however, the divices they sometimes build songs around feel a bit contrived, ie using drum machine intros, typical 'emo' guitar picking breakdowns, etc. They crowbar all these elements into some of the songs and it leaves me scratching my head, like they are trying hard to be a part of this sound, and then trying hard to be a part of that sound. Maybe they should have sat on these songs for a while before releasing. The first couple songs are okay, but it sounds exactly like the pop punk rock that Bosstones do when they're not skankin' it up. Understandable. But I wouldn't buy it.

Kurt_F (March 31, 2002)

This is good stuff.

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