SIC & MAD: Songs for the Revolution: CD

I grabbed this because I noticed that this was basically the Slackers with a different vocalist. My exposure to the Slackers mostly consists of my best friend in New Mexico making the proclamation about once a year that they’re the greatest band in the world. I’m a little less enamored of the band, but still was curious as to what this side project was like. Basically, this is some kind of weird amalgamation of dub, lo-fi, punk, jazz, and talk-sing vocals. It’s more stripped down and rough than the Slackers, but, at the same time, it’s still weirdly chill. With that description, it almost sounds like this could be a third generation Sublime rip-off, but, thank god, this album stays away from being another tired stoner-ska retread. It’s much more of a garagey feel than those types of bands. That said, there are a few problems with this album. Some of the stuff seems more like incomplete ideas rather than finished songs (like what the hell is the deal with the song “She”?). Also, the vocals by Happy seem can get old pretty quick because their pretty limited in range and seem to follow the same laidback cadence for most of the album. There are some interesting ideas that pop up at times, but, for the most part, this feels very much like a side project with more ideas than proper execution.

 –Adrian (Stubborn)