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Codename: Rocky

Codename: Rocky: InfinityInfinity (2001)
Glue Factory

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The word "ska" tends to evoke a shudder in most people these days, which is very unfortunate for bands that can play it well. Codename: Rocky is a tight ska-core band with a big horn section consisting of two trumpets, a trombone and a sax. The horns often add to the background layers of the songs.
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The word "ska" tends to evoke a shudder in most people these days, which is very unfortunate for bands that can play it well. Codename: Rocky is a tight ska-core band with a big horn section consisting of two trumpets, a trombone and a sax. The horns often add to the background layers of the songs, and when they are in the foreground they often take a melody-countermelody approach with the horns splitting up, which they pull off well. They have a guitar player who gets the job done, just filling out the sound as is the case with most ska-core bands. No ten minute guitar solos, but he is the lead singer as well so we can forgive him. The bass playing shines in parts, and the drumming is solid with some impressive moments.

In overall sound, these guys take a fairly punk approach. In terms of the music, they remind me of Five Iron Frenzy and Less Than Jake. But they differ from these bands in that they play more like a punk band than a ska band that tries to play punk sometimes. They have a few double time fast punk beats in their songs and they don't sound awkward or forced at all, they are quite good at it actually most likely thanks to their drummer. The ska portions are few and far between, and when they do play them, it is in the normal quick ska-core style, no reggae or two-tone tracks here. (I know you wanted themâ?¦)

The singing is generally good, and again to give you an idea, I will compare with bands that everyone has heard. He has a voice quality of Dexter from the Offspring (but not quite as annoyingâ?¦sorry) or a less-gruff Chris from LTJ. They also have some vocal harmonies that add a lot. The lyrics are nothing groundbreaking, just the normal girl-songs, but they work with the music's style.

"Infinity" falls at a running time of roughly 28 minutes with 8 tracksâ?¦CD or EP? Either way, it is overall an upbeat disc, but with an acoustic track ("The World to Lose") at the end. Though it is not the best track on the disc, it is better than most token acoustic tracks on CDs these days, with a neat classical-ish guitar lead at parts. A stand-out track would be the opener "Oh Lonely Nights" which has a great horn intro over break-neck speed punk, and a really cool transition in the verses from fast punk to half speed for a split second and right back. The fourth track "My Heart in Hand" is also good, a mostly ska track with a punk chorus that has a great vocal melody over tasteful horns.

Codename: Rocky does nothing earth-shaking, but they do play tight ska-core. If you like this kind of music you will most likely like them. Check out their site for more info on them.

MP3s
For The Last Time
Right Away
My Heart In Hand

 


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Anonymous (March 20, 2006)

ska in you fucking brain!!!. i am from paraguay, CodenameRocky is the best group of ska core!!!!.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

While it comes out of the gate strong instrumentally, the vocals on this album leave something to be desired. The vocalist seems to have a problem listening to himself and the rest of the badn as he sings, and therefore goes sharp an awful lot. (track 4 especially). otherwise strong, but needs a few more tracks to avoid the EP label.

Anonymous (April 17, 2002)

this album is amazing and greg, you are a great journalist. these guys put on a great live show and are always entertaining on stage. if you are not open to "new" types of music and you are a closed minded individual, this is not the cd for you.

Anonymous (April 14, 2002)

Whoever this greg character is, you are an idiot. Ska doesnt exist anymore. Any band with any horns is destined for failure.

Anonymous (April 9, 2002)

Who is this Greg - the Cap'N?

kirbypuckett (April 9, 2002)

Why can't people rip mp3s right! Listen to "For The Last Time" you'll understand.

Anonymous (April 9, 2002)

I really like ska-punk, i hate it that no one listens to it anymore and that people would rather listen to emo pop shit, when i found out about codename rocky i was excited its not very often that a new ska-punk band comes out and is actually good. This album is good and it shows codename rocky's great musician ship, as much as i like this new release by these guys, there first album "no time to waste" is my personal favorite though. check that album out. ive also seen these guys live 2 times and there live show is very entergetic i sugggest you see them if you have the chance, i actually just saw them last friday open for the aquabats, i got up on stage and sang there song keyhole with them (i was sporting my larry arms shirt). if Bill or Rich ever read this i just want to say what up

-anthony

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