I recently came to the realization that the reason I hate so much of the new “street” punk stuff is that I find a lot of the lyrical content to be pathetic, vapid and just plain stupid. I mean really, how alienated can one possibly feel when they hang out only with people who look exactly like them and listen to the exact same bands? As far as being alienated by “society,” ain’t that what made you a punk, skin or whatever in the first place? It’s not even that I think that they should have the same values as I do or anything like that. I truly appreciate well-structured and intelligent lyrics even if I completely disagree with what they’re saying. If you truly must sing about beating people up and drinking beer, though, do it with some intellectual finesse, man. But enough of my bitching, the point is that I made it a point not to look at the lyrics as I was listening to this. From a strictly musical standpoint, this was some solid oi/punk with catchy hooks and sing-along parts. I enjoyed it. I couldn’t help myself, though, and peeked at the lyrics. I found them to be intelligently written, well thought out, and substantive. Thanks, guys for having brains as well as a pretty good band.
–jimmy (GMM, PO Box 15234, Atlanta, GA 30333)