Bomb The Music Industry!

Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited by Nothing!!!!!!! EP

Written by: PP on 22/03/2010 06:37:13

A musical genius and an innovator. A reliable source of fresh and completely original music. There are many ways to describe Jeff Rosenstock, one of the most revered frontmen in punk rock today, in conjunction with his ensemble Bomb The Music Industry!, which includes a few multiples more worth of people than is normal when constituting the definition of a "band". Because seemingly everyone is welcome to contribute to this ridiculous operation with Rosenstock coordinating it all as the conductor, it shouldn't plausibly end in anything else than a huge mess much like the title of this EP, which I'm not even planning to repeat here by the way, but inexplicably Rosenstock always pulls a rabbit out of his hat and makes it work. The end result is a super eccentric, extroverted ska-punk album that's definitely aimed at those from the ADD generation rather than the rigid structure appreciating older generation.

Crazed organs and trombones meet frantic guitars, zigzagging their way through an exceptionally vibrant and busy soundscape also featuring stuff like the glockenspiel, saxophone, and a breadth of different vocal styles is still the name of the game for BTMI as before. Curiously enough, it's the slow songs here that make the best impression because of sublime lyrical output and great vocal dynamics as opposed to the brilliantly orchestrated melodic chaos from the fast songs of last year's masterpiece "Scrambles". As a side effect, it almost feels like the songs are too purposefully structured, effectively removing much of the joyous unpredictability and the complete lack of coherency which made "Scrambles" such a fun listen overall.

That said, Rosenstock and his crew still deliver the goods on the EP. There's no band out there who sounds like this, so realistically they could record the album using garbage cans and house hold appliances only and still sound as exotic and original as they do here - and really on any release they've put out in the past. I'm sure that thought will have crossed their mind at some point based on some of the weirdo sounds like for instance the high-pitch tinker in "Slumlord". Do yourselves a favour and discover one of the most important underground punk bands, but beware, it's not for the faint-hearted, there's just too much going on in each song, so don't expect to "get it" from the get go.


Download: All Ages Show
For the fans of: The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches, Streetlight Manifesto, old Against Me!
Listen: Myspace

Release date 08.02.2010
Quote Unquote Records

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