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Posted on Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 18:07:08 UTC
Artist: Attack Ships on Fire
CD: Punches Are Free
Style: Punk Rock
Quote: "These four musicians are mostly intent upon having a good time."
By Dan MacIntosh
Members of Attack Ships On Fire are pictured like animated members of the South Park crew at the bottom of the Punches Are Free CD, so it comes as no surprise that much of this music reminds one of a fourth grade punk band. From the very get-go, with opener "Let Me Be," this disc announces itself as profane, snotty, and youthful angst.
In some instances, however, the material is also a little dated. "Jerry Springer," which starts with the sound of an audience chanting "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry" and includes spoken drop-ins from the talk show host himself, is all about a lowbrow daytime TV show that isnít even on the air anymore. Then again, "Double Down" concerns gambling, which isnít Ė or at least it shouldnít be Ė kidís stuff.
Attack Ships On Fire is a four-piece, and while vocalist Mike Bell takes much of the spotlight, bassist Kevin Cameron may well be itís best musician. His fast instrumental work stands out on both "Back to You" and "Starting Over." Guitarist Knuckles also deserves props for the surf-y part he adds to "Back to You."
Bell is mainly a shouter, when it comes to describing his singing style. However, on "Slice of Life" his vocal manner takes on a winning David Lee Roth showbiz tone, which adds a welcome, lighter touch.
As with South Park, Attack Ships On Fire is rarely serious about anything. These four musicians are mostly intent upon having a good time. Nevertheless, "Donít Look Down" includes lines that certainly at least seem serious: "So here we go, headed off the deep end, I hope we donít drown." The CD closes with "Fashion Show," which extols the way the group takes its punk rock seriously. They explain, "Punk rockís not a fashion show," and tell the world, "Weíre here for the music."
However, itís awfully hard to take any Jerry Springer-loving act all that seriously. Itís up to you to decide if Attack Ships On Fire is made up of secretly smart guys behind all this rowdy kidís stuff music.
Artist Website: http://www.attackshipsonfire.com
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