Mar 08, 2010

This band gets grouped in with the whole folk punk rival, and on a certain level that makes sense. But on the other hand, they’re so much better than any other “folk punk” band that I’ve ever heard, that I’m tempted to take them out of that category altogether. Can we call them, simply, a punk band? I dare say we can! This LP is basically what you’d expect, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Catchy songs about politics, racial relations, and more, with both boy and girl vocals (always a plus, as far as I’m concerned), plus a cover of Joe Hill’s “The Preacher and the Slave.” Unlike every other This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb record, this one didn’t amaze me right away, but it’s still really, really, really (three “reallys?” yes!) good, and I can ninety-two percent guarantee that I’ll like it more over time. If this were a cereal, it’d be Honey Nut Cheerios: sugary sing-a-long choruses with a non-sugary message (Cheerios). Also, if you haven’t seen this band live, you’re missing out!

 –maddy (No Idea)