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She Likes Todd - Expose Reality [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

She Likes Todd

She Likes Todd: Expose Reality [7 inch]Expose Reality [7 inch] (2009)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Yo, She Likes Todd -- you really saved yourself by playing some tight skatepunk here, because your media package is SO OVER THE TOP. I don't need some incredibly specific "media kit" that details not only the 20 biggest bands you've played with and 14 notable venues you've played at but your average.


Yo, She Likes Todd -- you really saved yourself by playing some tight skatepunk here, because your media package is SO OVER THE TOP. I don't need some incredibly specific "media kit" that details not only the 20 biggest bands you've played with and 14 notable venues you've played at but your average draw per show and set length. Jesus Christ, I don't give a shit. I'm not the head of Nitro Records. I write these reviews for free and still live with my dad.

I don't really think you need a "radio edit" of your single either, dudes. Fungus was killed like a year ago or something.

Anyway, this band's apparently been around since at least 2000 according to their discography listing (every release of which has been self-released). But I have to hand it to them, since this 7", Expose Reality, really isn't bad. It's not bad at all. They clearly love Propagandhi, as they offer a slightly technical and meaty take on the EpiFat sound, with really smooth vocals that never trend towards being too husky, snotty or bellowing.

"Another Starless Night" has a few good bass breaks, solid tempo changes and just a welcomed urgency, while the "hey"s in "Kaleidoscope of Screams" aren't at all forced, with the song carrying a bit of an early NUFAN feel.

Awful fucking name. Needless abundance of biographical and statistical information. Very decent 7". Let the music speak for itself, guys, because it's quite promising (and hopefully a band a decade old doesn't take "promising" as an insult).

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nocash666 (December 16, 2009)

she likes todd still sucks.

cbsrocksteady (December 14, 2009)

I used to play for a band that played a few shows with these guys and Rule 22. I will admit that some of their songs are not really my style, but both bands are pretty great live. Also, both bands are made up of some of the nicest/hardest working dudes from the Chicago area. In my opinion it is kind of a shame that these guys get no attention here, but a band like Ryan's Hope everyone is all on their nuts. I mean if we're defining this website as PUNKnews thats just surprising to me, thats all. Anyways, I haven't heard this release and i'm pretty interested as I remember the guys being extremely dedicated which deserves some credit.

Also, someone below dropped a line about Evil Empire. I like to think that I was a pretty big part of their upbringing and helped bring them down to central/southern IL and expose them to a lot of people that never would have known about them if they didn't get those shows. I think a big thing that held a lot of people throughout the punk scene from being a fan of or even listening to EE was this whole bullshit that was built up they were some extreme nihilists. EE was never about anything more than having fun. The band supported all ages/DIY events. They opposed sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression. Isn't that the values and ethics that the majority of punk rock bands in the U.S follow? Whatever, I guess i'm salty that I spent a shit load of my time in high school promoting EE and always was shut down by people, mostly college aged/older. The band made an incredible full length and their bass player, Johnny, has helped record a ton of stuff for cheap for some other amazing midwest bands. Bands like EE, Trike, and Agents of Change all deserve a little bit more appreciation in the midwest I believe.

hayman (December 13, 2009)

Not bad at all.

Hey_Asshole (December 12, 2009)

Rule 22 is not that bad, as far as mediocre Against All Authority/Rancid influenced bands go.

i mean, She Likes Todd and Rule 22 are better than, say, Sleeping Under 47

hugochavez (December 12, 2009)

no, no. this band is still awful. not as bad as rule 22, but pretty close.

Bigdaddy287 (December 11, 2009)

I live in Wheaton. I used to go to shows at the Grand all the time. My band even played there a few times. The closing of that place was a huge blow to the local music scene. Why have I never heard that Chiodos story???? Only makes me hate them even more...

Hey_Asshole (December 11, 2009)

dude, yeah. fucking Chiodos.

"hey, the cops are always hanging out around this place and have been in here already tonight. we should totally smoke weed right outside the load in doors."

jonnyphilly (December 11, 2009)

Hey man, thanks for correcting yourself. I can appreciate a difference in opinion musically myself, seeing as I am just as opinionated as the rest of the people who post on this website. I just wanted to make sure that my friends weren't portrayed in an inaccurate light.

I would also like to say that both Ezio (whose last name I cannot remember, whatsoever) and John Loster were both stand-up dudes. It's a shame what happened to that place (thanks CHIODOS) because it could've been a key part of the suburban Chicago scene.

That being said, this 7 inch is just a precursor to their upcoming full-length, which, is going to make anyone who slightly enjoys the tracks on here shit their pants. That's all.

Love,
jp.

Hey_Asshole (December 11, 2009)

so, i do have to apologize here.

the band i was thinking about who were awful cunts was NOT this band. it was a similarly bad named band called Girl Named Craig. i got caught up in my own bullshit and was remembering the wrong band.

so, that dude who called me out was actually correct about this not being the band i was thinking. that said, i still do not like this band, but not for the reasons i had said. next time i get all pissy, i will make sure i am thinking of the right band.

goddamn i fail at posting on the internet

Hey_Asshole (December 10, 2009)

FULL DISCLOSURE: i booked a couple of shows at the Grand. all ska shows. one when Ezio was still doing promotion, and 3 more when John Loster was doing the booking.

that said, on those shows i booked, i had given money out of my pocket to make sure the bands i booked got paid. including this band. and i personally gave the money to the bands. no one ever got shit on when i ran my shows.

and yes, i hated The Skalawags. BUT, even that being the case, i still offered to book them on the last show i booked at the Grand. and yes, 6 years ago i got involved in a shitty livejournal argument with that band and their friends.

that is, however, not in anyway relevant to the fact that this band are assholes and i am not a fan of their music.

also, the promoter who came in and fucked over all the bands was a guy named Dave Allen. he ended up suing the Grand for breach of contract when they stopped using his promotion company. the only "ska" bands i had issue with was Manic Sewing Circle, The Skalawags, and Hook, Line, And Sinker.

elephantdwarf (December 10, 2009)

i don't give a fuck who she likes.

leezdeez (December 10, 2009)

lol @ jonny boy down there.

nocash666 (December 10, 2009)

VANFLIP! amirite?

TheLando (December 10, 2009)

Unfortunately had to sit through this band before seeing Screeching Weasel in Chicago. Can't stand this stuff. I have seen them before that too. Ughh.

jonnyphilly (December 10, 2009)

yo, hey_asshole.

first of all, fuck you. i know exactly who you are. you're the fat, anarchist, douchebag who had a beef (on fucking livejournal of all places) with my friends ska band wayyyy back in the day.

Here we go....
A. She Likes Todd was never a ska band. One or two songs featured a trombone, THAT'S IT.

B. I'm 99.9% sure that you never booked this band at the Wheaton Grand. Chicken (bassist) and I booked and promoted the majority of their shows there. The only time things got rough were because of a douche that was running the theatre at the time named Paul Warshauer (or something like that) fucked EVERY SINGLE BAND out of money for the night, when we had a contract. We did our best to make sure that every single band got paid, because we all worked hard to promote every single show there. And it showed, because we ran some of the most successful DIY shows there.

Now, if you would please stop talking shit about things you don't even know about and get back to your silly fucking Anarchist marches with your buddies Evil Empire, we'd all be grateful. And if you really want to talk shit, talk about how much you hate that other band that actually played ska. Surely you remember who they are.

SLT is a hard-working band that is made up of four of the most stand-up dudes I've ever met in my life. That's it.

love,
jp.

hugochavez (December 10, 2009)

yeah, this band is godawful. even worse at life.

Hey_Asshole (December 9, 2009)

so, i fucking hate this band. back when they were a ska band, i had booked them for a show at the Wheaton Grand Theater in Wheaton, IL.

they spent the entire show acting like rock stars. they were shit talking all the other bands, and kept coming up to me asking when they were going to get paid. they drew for shit until about 5 minutes before they went on, when about 10 people showed up for them. they then tried to get all their friends in for free or at a discount price because "the show was almost over."

then, while they were playing, they did the "preach unity in the scene, and thank all the other bands."

and, like a few other suburban Chicago bands, ditched ska all together for mediocre schlock. fuck this band

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