Daggermouth - Turf Wars (Cover Artwork)


Turf Wars (2007)

State of Mind

Following the last record Stallone and Brian's scattered tizzy in the review, Daggermouth is still making music. For those of you new, Daggermouth is a pop-hardcore punk band playing at a skatepunk speed with a little attitude and some skills to back it all up.

Anyways, this record reminds me -- lyrically -- of Dead to Me; it comes off honest and not really poetic, but in a good way. You don't need to spend hours analyzing lyrics to get some probable meaning to a song, the band simply lays it all out for you. "Nelson Jump on the Garbage" is an impressive song that features a few interesting lines that makes me think they know what people talk about on Punknews half the time. This record does in fact deliver hard-hitting songs that make me look at the band as a contender in the boxing match of bands close to their style. Lyrically around the record you'll find what you would expect from Daggermouth but a bit better.

This record has a few very short songs that in no way ruin the record; in fact they're welcomed for the fast and to-the-point lyrics, yet still managing to be catchy. As for the rest of the record, it's pretty catchy too, with lots of backup vocals and fast, hard-hitting songs; I don't know if people can really complain about it. The record in all honesty seems like the band matured a bit from their last, improving on all aspects and still remaining Daggermouth.

Now for the reason of an 7, I would give it a 7.5 but I can't, so bear with me. When it's all said and done I feel like they can do better, like they aren't only as good or a little better as the "other bands." I think they have talents that aren't quite being shown on the record, talents to make very memorable songs that make people chant all over "the scene." I don't think it's something to worry about; in time they'll defiantly get it, it'll just take some work to find where they fit into the puzzle.

All in all, Turf Wars delivers some great songs and great lyrics by a band that is on the road to something good.