Campaign - Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review


Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! (2011)


At just nine minutes in length, Campaign's Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! is a brief burst of furious punk in the beardy vein of Hot Water Music, Latterman and the Blackout Pact. The tunes are short and fat-free, dropping four tunes about drankin' and getting yr shit together. The title is a joke; the music is not.

"Old Haunts" opens the disc with pounding drums and throaty vox. The guitars could stand to be a little crunchier, but Campaign slightly favors a little bit of ambience in their guitar noise. They're not exactly Fucked Up, but the band does occasionally drop an effect in the mix, like on the intro to "Old Thrills".

Oh yeah, all four song titles start with the word "old." These guys keep it simple while ever so slightly slipping in some experimental touches. Not that "Old Thrills" is all that subversive; it's still an Avail-esque stomper. That shit's eternal. "Old Blues" and "Old Mess" are mighty fine too.

At this point, a full-length from Campaign would be appreciated. Beetlejuice!'s lone flaw is that it's really, really short, and I would be interested in hearing how the group sustains this level of passion over the course of an entire album. Granted, said album would still only be like 20 minutes long, but if this EP is any indication, the guys in Campaign should have this whole rocking out thing down.