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30footFALL

30footFALL: Ever Revolving, Never EvolvingEver Revolving, Never Evolving (1999)
Nitro Records

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30footFALL's third full-length for their third label, this time with Nitro Records, and it's too bad these guys stopped touring while the momentum was so strong. This band may not be the most well known of all the '90s punk bands, but this album can sit at the top with the best '90s punk releases. T.


30footFALL's third full-length for their third label, this time with Nitro Records, and it's too bad these guys stopped touring while the momentum was so strong. This band may not be the most well known of all the '90s punk bands, but this album can sit at the top with the best '90s punk releases. The band shows growth here both musically and in the songwriting department, and deliver the best album of their career, a fast melodic punk record with a heck of a lot of energy, and over 10 years after its release this album still stands strong.

30footFALL really step up musically on this record. The guitar playing is especially well done on this album. While he knows when to crank out the power chords, Chris Delron gives the songs an extra flair with his fast scales and guitar fills; in fact, if I remember correctly, he even thanks Olga from Toy Dolls for the inspiration in the liner notes. The bass pretty much just follows the guitar, but that's OK because musically it really is Delron's show on this record. This was their first album with Middlefinger drummer Brian Davis on drums, and while he's no Damon Delapaz, he keeps this record on beat just fine. Butch's unique vocals bring line after line of sarcasm and wit with energy and passion. Those who have seen this band play know that Butch is one of the most energetic frontmen around and this album really captures his energy.

30footFALL display incredibly solid songwriting on this record. The songs may be somewhat simple in structure but they really do an excellent job of letting the music support the lyrics. Every guitar part feels appropriately placed to support the mood that is being created by the lyrics. However, some of the songs basically just stick to power chords and as a result sound a bit weaker when put next to tracks with more expressive guitar parts. They also do a cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven," which is fun but ultimately feels slightly out of place on the record.

The production here suits this album just fine. You can hear everyone clearly, although if I had one complaint it would be that the drums could have been recorded better as they sound a little thin and the snare could use a little more pop to it. The album seems to be sequenced well with a strong opener in "Better Off Dead," and even though the first half of the record is definitely stronger than the latter half, we get an especially strong closer with "Half Empty."

I will always wonder what would have happened if these guys had played it differently with the choices they made in their career, but they did give us four quality records and, for those who have experienced their live show, a bunch of fun memories. Definitely the best representation of Texas punk rock in the '90s.

 

 
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pricey123 (June 11, 2010)

decent album. favourites are Better Off Dead and Kirk Cameron Sings The Blues

hayman (June 8, 2010)

This was a good old album. Listened to it a fair bit actually.

TahoeJeff (June 8, 2010)

I remember buying this CD, listening to it a couple times, and then filing it away. It never really stood out. About 10 years ago, all my CDs got stolen. I forgot this album existed until seeing this review.

punker001 (June 5, 2010)

Love this band! love this album too. I heard they're doing a new album too :)

bytheslice (June 5, 2010)

Saw these guys in '97 or '98 in Corpus Christi, TX. Solid band, nice dudes.

RedElephant (June 5, 2010)

i remeber getting this album as part of a package from Nitro something like 8 years ago. still listen to it every once in a while. to me they always sounded like Guttermouth crossed with Nofx.

lmnndtlgrph (June 5, 2010)

i still put this album on every now and again. this record's a pretty easy target for criticism, but i've got no problem admitting that i can still enjoy a good chunk of it.

Spooky (June 4, 2010)

Love this album. Saw these guys in Houston last summer and they were insane. Their album The Doppler Effect is pretty good too.

faithisforfools (June 4, 2010)

Acme 143 is my favorite, but this is decent enough. Fun to put on once every year or so.

R3vengeTherapy (June 4, 2010)

This is a blast from the past. I remember listening to these guys when I first got into punk. Too bad I can't really listen to a lot of stuff like this, it doesn't do much for me anymore.

Misanthropee (June 4, 2010)

This and their previous record are truly forgotten gems. Goofy, bitter, yet very smart and musically tight. Put on a great show too; at least they did the one time they ventured outside Texas in the late 90s.

ExtraCheesePizza (June 4, 2010)

I'm really digging your reviews. These guys slipped by me, will be checking them out now.

theemalcontents (June 4, 2010)

Its awesome to see these guys getting recognition on here. They were 1 of my favorite bands when I first got into punk back in '94. Yeah, I am old. I got to see them play almost every other weekend when I lived in Houston, TX. I remember seeing them 1 weekend and 2 weeks later going to see NOFX with Snuff and Hagfish and thinking to myself how 30FOOTfall had more people at their show for there record release of Divided We Stand than NOFX at their gig (granted NOFX played 2 shows on back to back nights). When I moved to FT. Lauderdale and they came down to play in West Palm Beach, they were cool as hell to hang out with. They even gave me a Bickley album. If you don't know Bickley check them out. Kinda sound like The Vindictives mixed with The Nobodys. Great band, great album! Great review also

chipsahoycookie (June 4, 2010)

This album is fantastic. This and Acme-143 are easily their best ones. This band is/was criminally underrated. If you are looking at this, you must check this record out. Good balance of humor and serious subject matter. Best songs: "Attack of the Flaming Egos," "Fuck Ya'll We're From Texas," "How I Became the Jerk." Opinions are like assholes, but I don't understand how the hell anyone could not crack a smile when playing this.

XchinatownX (June 4, 2010)

A very average punk band on the whole. I can still listen to a few of those generic 90s punk bands like Ten Foot Pole, Diesel Boy and Nerf Herder, but 30 Foot Pole lack those memorable songs which stay with you even into adulthood.

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