CRAZY ARM: Born to Ruin: CD

May 13, 2011

I found myself wanting to like this diverse mid-tempo U.K. band, but every time a glimmer of inspiration creeps through, it falls flat and gets obnoxiously contrived. It’s all over the map, and the end result is a total mess. Influences include cock rock, emo, rockabilly, and 1977 punk. There are some interesting passages in a handful of the tracks, but it is drab and mope-y overall. While Born to Ruin might be an earnest attempt to blend various rock influences into a punk-minded framework, it ends up sounding bland, like some of the weaker third stage Warped Tour bands taking the stage this summer. Uncool, man. Uncool.

 –Art Ettinger (Gunner, gunnerrecords.com)

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