Bones Brigade - I Hate Myself When I'm Not Skateboarding (Cover Artwork)
Staff Pick

Bones Brigade

I Hate Myself When I'm Not Skateboarding (2003)

Fight Fire With Fire

There are few certainties in life. You see people losing their jobs, you see people losing their money, and you see very little stability. But, some things never change. Ninjas are awesome and hardcore played at light speed rules. Seizing on these ideas, Bones Brigade has recorded an album that is not only fast and tight, but also fun to listen to. For a few kids who recorded this because of their love for skateboarding and their boredom with the daily grind, Bones Brigade sound very seasoned.

The album starts off with the scorcher, Thrashin' USA and it never looks back. The songs on here are short and to the point, but they are also very memorable. The one thing that a lot of bands who play this style forget is that while playing fast is great, a little hint of melody can make a world of difference. This is how this band succeeds where others have failed; you'll remember these songs after this album hasn't been in your CD player for a while, if it ever leaves. Taking influences from all over the hardcore spectrum, Bones Brigade has picked up bits of DRI, bits of older Give Up The Ghost, and even some Minor Threat. There's no nonsense hardcore with definite thrash sensibilities, and it makes for a tasty mix. But even when they're going full throttle, this band makes sure they throw in some of the aforementioned melody, and while it's not a lot, it's enough to keep these songs in your head for a while. To top it all off, they end the album by covering No Reason which is, of course, originally by Minor Threat. I know, I know, who hasn't covered Minor Threat? But I'll make an exception in this case because this band does such a good job of it.

There's not much else to say, if you like thrash influenced hardcore, you're going to like this band. If this review hasn't swayed you, they have a song called Real Ultimate Power. If that's no enough to make you purchase an album, you're being unreasonable.