TIME AGAIN: The Stories Are True: CD

As a fan of Rancid—yes, I’m a fan of Rancid—I have to say, I’m a little annoyed, and very confused. So confused that I had to listen to this CD several times to try and come up with a theory as to why this is okay. Why would Hellcat put out an album that sounds exactly like Rancid? Yes, there are several straightforward answers, like easy money, etc. But really…for some reason, I feel like a shitty makeshift computer: It does not compute. Let’s see, the CD displays a sticker that explains Tim Armstrong is featured on the track “The Stories are True.” Well, it sounds like the whole CD features Mr. Armstrong. The vocals are so identical that I even got into a silly debate on whether it was Tim or not. Although I know it is just the work of a very good clone, I couldn’t help but make a silly wager, just on the basis of pure disbelief. Honestly, you could spend a good amount of time trying to decipher Tim from the lead singer, Daniel but don’t be as lame as me. Needless to say, this album is very comparable to Rancid. And most of the lyrics cover the topic of living on the streets, being homeless, and being a “Streetwalker.” I guess kids will eat this up. Maybe if I was younger, I would too. Time will never tell. And my theory: If you get a tattoo of Tim’s initials—the singer has T.A. on his wrist—and then cleverly cover it up by naming your band with the same initials, your super love is rewarded with a record deal.

 –jenny (Hellcat)