(Dear Blogger and the incredibly incompetent IFPI: This is not an IFPI release. I am on the promo list for Fat Wreck, which, by the way has no association with the RIAA or the IFPI. Don’t believe me? Check the damn Fat Wreck website FAQ. IFPI, you have NO jurisdiction over the label, and have NO right what so ever to demand for it to be pulled down. In fact, I demand that the IFPI stops using their logo due to Copyright violations. See, it makes no fucking sense.)
3 chord only down stroke punk rock: somewhere, Joey Ramone is feeling a strong sense of pride. Teenage Bottlerocket has proven once again with their latest release on Fat Wreck “They Came From The Shadows” that they’ are the modern masters of 77 influenced punk rock.
Being a huge fan of “Total”, I was a bit underwhelmed by their “Warning Device” release last year. Sure it was a solid album, but it seemed to lack some of the raw energy that made “Total” so awesome. On my first listen of TCFTS, I couldn’t help but to be completely stoked to hear that raw adrenaline pumping through their songs once again.
Lyrically, Teenage Bottlerocket doesn’t really jump into much new territory (girls, light-hearted songs) although there are some hilarious songs on here, particular one taking shot at Kiss and fans. There also are a few Lillingtons-esque songs on here as well (“They Came From The Shadows”, “Forbidden Planet).
Musically, the band doesn’t stray too far from their proven 3 chord formula, but on “Fatso goes Nutzoid”, the band does experiment with some 80s crossover thrash reminiscent of early Suicidal Tendencies.
Teenage Bottlerocket is going on tour sometime this fall, so you should probably pick up this album soon in order to shout along to every song.