New full length from a self-professed “Lifetime rip-off band” (see Verbicide #17). I could just leave that as the review, but I’d feel bad. So… I bought my first Lifetime record, Hello, Bastards, sometime in the late ‘90s. As blasphemous as it’ll sound, I didn’t really care for it at the time: there was something too… warm about it. They were blending these really tight tempo and chord changes with a certain… bounciness (God, my adjectives are blowing today); it initially came across as a bit too imprecise, almost sloppy—I appreciated the verse-chorus-verse aspect of punk back then, and Lifetime discarded that to some degree. They weren’t actually sloppy, not by any means, but they were altering the template, expanding on it, and that threw me. Jump forward nearly ten years and there’s a glut of bands tilling their ground. I really can’t tell you how many reviews I’ve read recently in which bands are getting compared to Lifetime now. With all that in mind, I’m not going to say that Shook Ones are a straight up Lifetime rip-off, but the similarities are definitely, absolutely there. Difference is that I actually appreciate that warm “bag full of rocks and Jello” aspect of Lifetime now, and the Shook Ones sound like the more precise, straight-forward version of the band I was looking for back then. So that’s it, in a nutshell—super-similar to Lifetime, if that band concentrated more vigorously on the sharp angles and taut edges in their songs.