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The Gamits: PartsParts (2010)
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It's been six years since the critically acclaimed Antidote was released, and five years since pop-punk favourites the Gamits disbanded in 2005. That's a fair bit of time for a band to be dormant, and though I'm not exactly sure what happened in the group's downtime, it clearly took its toll on sing.
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It's been six years since the critically acclaimed Antidote was released, and five years since pop-punk favourites the Gamits disbanded in 2005. That's a fair bit of time for a band to be dormant, and though I'm not exactly sure what happened in the group's downtime, it clearly took its toll on singer Chris Fogal's voice. Fogal now sounds like the lovechild of One Man Army's Jack Dalrympie and Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, and while that may not have fit in well on the band's previous material, it absolutely works wonders on Parts.

You see, Parts is a dark record. I mean dark. Both musically and lyrically, the album covers some pretty grim territory, but it's also a very broad scope of topics. "Love Suicidal" is a heartbreaking song from the perspective of a lesbian struggling with her sexuality in a homophobic society, while "No One Cares So Why Should I" discusses Fogal dropping his vegetarianism and eating meat again for the first time in over a decade. And while Fogal has denied in interviews that it is a concept record, the tracklisting almost lends itself to one. Similar to the Lawrence Arms' Oh! Calcutta!, the album starts with its characters in grim circumstances, only to find things getting even more desperate and gloomy with each passing song. However, about three-quarters into the disc, a faint feeling of hope starts to creep into the songs as the narrator takes a positive point of view, ultimately leaving the listener with some much-needed optimism. It is the emotional journey that Parts takes its listener on that is among its strongest features, and really creates a cohesive record despite the variety of themes.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Gamits album without some huge hooks, and Parts is not lacking in that department. "This Shell" features some great "whoa-oh"s that follow its chorus, while "Delusional" will make you want to dance along as Fogal quips great lines like "Go down to the record store, buy a copy of Nebraska and rip that shit off best you can. Congratulations! Now you're just like them! You're delusional."

If you're looking for another Antidote, this isn't it; Parts is darker, faster, and louder. That's not to say it's better or worse--just that it is a completely different record, but one well worth your time. Taking time off clearly worked some magic for this three-piece, as they've managed to put out what may just be the best pop-punk album of the year.

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Amoeba (September 19, 2011)

This album so is good that I can't sleep anymore...

drugmoney (December 27, 2010)

can't stop listening to this album. amplifier is my favorite song,

punker001 (November 22, 2010)

Only just got into the Gamits but WOW! Im so hooked. I love this album too. great hooks, great lyrics and it ROCKS!

FaithIsForFools (October 29, 2010)

You fucking fag-o-bots jerk off over the crappiest shit.

This shit is fucking lame.

StraightToHell82 (October 28, 2010)

Meh.

Nevermind (October 28, 2010)

Really great album! vocals is so amazing! I was at their show last, it was so good! To my mind one of the best pop punk records this year.

wallrock (October 27, 2010)

This really is an amazing album. I loved Antidote and I even picked up the Golden Sometimes set (which I spin at work a lot), but Parts is on a whole different level. Obviously the sandpaper vocals are the first thing that you hear, and I like the rough sound as much as the next guy. But I didn't expect a Gamits album to hit as hard lyrically, not that Antidote was fluff or anything. This is certainly one of my favorites of the year.

betteroffskankin (October 27, 2010)

love the vocals

spoon_of_grimbo (October 26, 2010)

"the still and the lost" is up there with my favourite songs of 2010 so far. bought this and immediately went out and got antidote too. both amazing albums.

bryne (October 26, 2010)

Love this album. "Delusional" is the best pop-punk song of 2010.

mclz (October 26, 2010)

this record is fucking awesome!

ashtraymonument (October 26, 2010)

the reunion show was glorious, and so is this record.

yee haw

thepopeofchili-town (October 26, 2010)

What Dr. Nick said. So bummed I was out of state for their Bluebird show. This record kills.

r3vengetherapy (October 26, 2010)

I like this, but it's not what I expect from a Gamits record. Antidote was a band realizing their potential and discovering a sound. This feels like a band that sounds like a lot of other bands. But it definitely has traces of old Gamits, and I like it plenty anyway.

fresnoska (October 26, 2010)

Didn't care for their earlier work, and bought this based on some early reviews. Glad I did. This album is fantastic.

chipsahoycookie (October 26, 2010)

did not disappoint. bought this album twice.

MN_DrNick (October 26, 2010)

So fucking glad these guys are back together.

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