SMOKE OR FIRE: The Sinking Ship: CD

May 10, 2007

These guys are like the In-N-Out Burger of punk rock. Their really good, pretty satisfying, and definitely a lot better than a lot of the other stuff out there (I.E. Fall Out Boy = McDonalds, Hatebreed = Carl’s Jr.). The music’s speedy hardcore pop punk with plenty of harmonized vocals to sweeten the deal. In fact, they sound a lot like Rise Against but with a less scream-prone singer. Their topics tend to be both explicitly political and more personal, which strikes a nice balance (sometimes it gets tiring to have to fight the system without a little breather). This is a really good album, but also like In-N-Out Burger, it seems to lack that extra little bit that would make it really special, like a well-crafted burrito from that taco truck on Glencoe Ave. in Marina Del Rey. These guys have gobs of potential though, and I look forward to seeing what they can do live.

 –Adrian (Fat)