SUBINCISION: Self-titled and Jingo: CD

The first and latest third albums were in my box for review. Me, being the lazy me, shall review both on one review. The self-titled release has been re-issued. I have no clue when it initially came out or what label it was originally on. But I do see in my collection that they were on the Substandard comp titled Here We Are Nowhere and on the Geykido Comet comp that I reviewed in this issue, titled You Call This Music?! Volume II. This band hails from the East Bay and sound like it. I can picture them on stage right now at Gilman St. Musically, on the first release, they are all over the place, playing punk, pop, street and everything in between. Jingo carries on what they have created and they have added more elements and instruments to the mix. Sounds that I hear in the songs are Tom Waits, the Pogues, and the Swingin’ Utters. I don’t know if it’s just me, but the singer sounds like Casey Royer from DI. Out of the two, I would take Jingo. The band has progressed in musicianship and writing skills and is the more enjoyable of the two.

 –don (Substandard)